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Grand jury indicts man in assault, fire at Gettysburg National Park

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A federal grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted a man on charges stemming from an hours-long manhunt at Gettysburg National Military Park earlier this month.

Gary DuRocher, 41, formerly of Maryland, was indicted on charges of simple assault, malicious mischief, and interstate communications threatening injury of another.

DuRocher on Aug. 8 pulled his girlfriend's 10-year-old son out of a vehicle during a domestic dispute at the Peace Light, then fled into farm fields where he set fire to a stack of hay bales and caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, according court documents.

A four-hour search for him ended with his arrest 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 search.

DuRocher was previously charged in a criminal complaint and detained pending a preliminary hearing. U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said with the grand jury's indictment, there will no longer be a preliminary hearing.

He said if DuRocher is convicted of all offenses, he faces 11 years in prison and fines of more than $500,000.

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