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Man charged for assault, fire at Gettysburg National Park

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a man responsible for an hours-long manhunt Friday night at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Gary L. DuRocher, 41, no fixed address, assaulted his girlfriend's 10-year-old son at the Peace Light and then fled into farm fields where he set fire to a stack of hay bales and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

The four-hour search for DuRocher included park rangers, Pennsylvania and Maryland state troopers, and police officers from Gettysburg and Cumberland Township before he was arrested around 10:20 p.m. on the Gettysburg College campus.

Prosecutors said he also threatened to kill his girlfriend, a Maryland woman, in text messages he sent to her during the manhunt.

He was charged with simple assault, malicious mischief, and interstate communications threatening injury of another.

If convicted of all counts, authorities said DuRocher faces 11 years in prison and fines of more than $500,000.


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