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Police: man kidnapped, robbed real estate agent after showing

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Police said a man admitted he kidnapped and robbed a real estate agent at knife point after the woman showed him one of her listed properties in West York.

Gregory S. Knaub, of no fixed address, was arrested after responding officers found him hiding in the waters of the Codorus Creek, according to West York Police Chief Justin D. Seibel.

Police said the victim, a real estate agent for Prudential Bob Yost Realtors, had finished showing Knaub a property in the 1700 block of Monroe Street when he got into the back of her car, pulled a steak knife, and demanded money or an ATM card.

The victim did not have money on her, so Knaub ordered her to drive to an ATM on S. Richland Avenue in Spring Garden Township, police said.

She was forced to withdraw cash from the ATM and then ordered to drive to the intersection of Belvidere and King streets in York, where Knaub jumped out of the car and fled, police said.

About an hour later, an investigating officer spotted Knaub sitting on a park bench in Bantz Park. Knaub saw the cruiser and fled into a wooded area along the creek, police said.

Officers from York City and West Manchester Township assisted in setting up a perimeter around the woods and were waiting for a bloodhound to arrive when Knaub popped up from beneath the water and was arrested, police said.

Knaub said he was hiding in the water and was popping up for air every few seconds in an attempt to hide, police said.

He was charged with kidnapping, robbery, unlawful restraint, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and false imprisonment.

Knaub also had an outstanding arrest warrant for a prior theft offense and a separate arrest warrant for a state parole violation, police said.

Residents who live along Monroe Street, near where the abduction occurred, were surprised when they heard what had happened.

"Knowing that it happened that close, less than a hundred yards away," said Josh Hoachlander. "There's a lot of kids. I mean, who's not to say a kid gets taken. I can't believe it's happening this close."

"It's really scary because there's a lot of kids that live around here," said Chelsea Ozan. "I've never seen anything violent. It's really freaky."

The real estate agent victim declined to talk with us, but a representative with the firm said she is doing just fine.


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