Police turn over investigation of Mount Joy home invasion - abc27 WHTM

Police turn over investigation of Mount Joy home invasion

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West Hempfield Township's police chief is turning over an investigation into a Mount Joy home invasion where two teenage suspects were stabbed by a resident.

Chief Mark Pugliese said the case was turned over to state police in Lancaster to avoid any perception that it was mishandled because an officer's 17-year-old son is one of the suspects.

"This investigation was never about a police officer's son," Pugliese said in a statement. "The investigation was about a home invasion and the crimes that were committed, it was about the victims of the crime, and it was about prosecuting those who broke the law."

Pugliese said the decision was not made based on his department's ability to investigate the incident.

"I have total faith, confidence and trust in my officers and their ability to investigate any matter to the fullest, to prosecute those who violate the law and to be impartial in their investigations," he said.

Police previously said charges were pending against the juvenile and 18-year-old Luke Karpathios of Columbia for the incident Sunday night in the 4400 block of Chinchilla Avenue.

Police said the two teens pushed their way past a 69-year-old woman when she answered the door, then forced a 21-year-old man into his bedroom before restraining and assaulting him.

One of the intruders had a pistol that turned out to be an airsoft gun which fires plastic pellets, police said.

At some point, the 21-year-old was able to break free and stabbed the intruders with a pocket knife.

Both intruders were wearing camouflage hats and had their faces covered, but one of the teens removed his mask after being stabbed and was recognized by the victim, police said.

The suspects fled the home and initially told investigators they were playing with the pellet gun when an unknown person attacked them, police said.

Both were transported to a hospital for treatment.


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