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Police: man ran at babysitter, officer with knife

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A Lancaster man is facing assault charges for pushing a babysitter and for running at her and a police officer with a knife.

Manheim Township police said 34-year-old Gerald R. Roark-Eshelman entered a home in the first block of West Liberty Street on Sunday night and told the babysitter he was a family member.

When the babysitter asked him to leave, Roark-Eshelman pushed her and left, police said.

As a responding police officer was speaking to the victim outside of the home, Roark-Eshelman ran towards the officer and the victim with a knife in his hand, which he dropped when ordered to do so by the officer, police said.

He was charged with simple assault, possession of cocaine, harassment, and public drunkenness and then sent Lancaster County Prison on $2,000 cash bail.

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