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Eric J. Hageder is charged with leading police on a chase in a car he stole after bashing the owner in the head.
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A Westmoreland County man on a 68-mile crime spree through five counties Wednesday called 911 and threatened to play demolition derby with several police cars that were chasing him before his arrest in Blair County, according to court records. Eric J. Hageder, 28, of New Florence was arrested after the chase along Interstate 99 near Tyrone about 5 a.m. He is accused of robbing a convenience store in Indiana County, stealing a former girlfriend s car in Cambria County, taking a pickup truck from a man he beat with a wrench at a Sheetz store in Altoona and then leading police on a 16-mile chase. It was really something, said Altoona police Detective Ben Jones, who filed the criminal complaint against Hageder. As I understand it, there was some type of domestic argument early Wednesday between he and his girlfriend when this all started in Westmoreland County. Hageder s girlfriend told investigators he crashed his car into a ditch before robbing Krevetski s convenience store on Route 56 in Armagh, Indiana County. She said Hageder forced her to accompany him before the crash and robbery. Police don t know how he got to nearby Cambria County, where he allegedly stole an ex-girlfriend s car after leaving his in the ditch.
He was somehow able to steal another former girlfriend s car but the stolen car wasn t running so well, Jones said. According to Jones, at 3:18 a.m., Hageder spotted a gentleman getting into his truck at a Sheetz on Sixth Street in Altoona, approached him from behind and hit him on the head several times with a metal wrench. Police said he drove off alone in the victim s 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The assault victim, who is in his 50s, needed several staples (to close his wounds) as a result of the beating, Jones said. About 45 minutes later in Allegheny Township, Blair County, the chase began when a township police officer attempted to stop Hageder as he drove the truck near a Wal-Mart in Plank Road Commons, according to state police Cpl. Warren Rhyner in Hollidaysburg. The pursuit continued onto Route 22 into Hollidaysburg and then into Huntingdon County. In Tyrone, Rhyner says, Hageder turned his truck around on Interstate 99 and traveled back into Blair County at speeds reaching approximately 100 mph. That is when Hageder telephoned 911: I m (expletive) running, Rhyner quoted Hageder as telling dispatchers. I got at least eight or nine cops following me. If these cops don t get off my (expletive), I m going to play demolition derby with them.
Police cruisers boxed in the stolen pickup truck on Route 99, just north of Exit 33. Police said one cruiser struck the truck and Hageder lost control, ran off the highway and struck an embankment. He was extricated from the crashed truck and arrested. Jones said state police in Indiana are investigating the robbery at Krevetski s and the first vehicle theft. Hageder was arraigned before Altoona District Judges Steven Jackson and Todd Kelly. He is charged with robbery, theft, counts of aggravated assault, criminal mischief, simple assault, resisting arrest, fleeing and eluding, failing to obey traffic control devices, driving on the wrong side of the highway, reckless driving and other traffic violations.
He is being held in the Blair County jail on $100,000 bail. Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or
08:40 27 January 2016
Huntingdon s multi-storey car park
Neighbours of a multi-storey car park in Huntingdon have expressed anger after drivers are said to have hurled abuse and revved their engines at a car cruiser event, despite police being present. To send a link to this page you must be logged in.
A car on display at the cruiser meet up in Huntingdon
More than 500 people and hundreds of cars attended the park and pose event at the Huntingdonshire District Council multi-storey car park in St Germain Street on Saturday. The Japan versus the World-themed event was supposed to take place in Cambridge but, following the weather forecast of rain, plans were changed and an event on Facebook was posted that invited thousands of people to Huntingdon. Jon Pearce, whose house in Hartford Road backs onto the car park, told The Hunts Post: My wife went over to the car park and was threatened and abused so I went over to see what was going on and the noise was just unbelievable.
Hundreds of cars attended the pull up and pose event.
The police attended but they just sat in a van and did nothing. According to a spokesman for Cambridgeshire police, two warnings were given out to a grey Toyota Supra and a blue Ford Sierra for driving dangerously. A police spokesman said: We were called at 7:34pm on Saturday (Jan 23) with reports of cars driving antisocially and dangerously at the car park, in St Germain Walk. A car and officers were also placed at the ramp to the third floor of the car park to stop drivers from taking over the whole building.
Conor Dignam, of Hartford Road, Huntingdon, also witnesses the event. He said: They were noisily gunning their engines, driving around the multi-storey and with loud bangs and music. I saw several cars driving the wrong way out of the car park, which would have caused a crash if someone had been driving in the right way. The police response was ineffectual for far too long. Two police officers in a van parked up as far away from the multi-storey car park as they could and did absolutely nothing. The event is believed to have started at around 7pm and finished around 11pm when the car park lights were switched off and many then moved to Riverside Road in Godmanchester.
One of the organisers, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Hunts Post: We had decided to go to the car park because it was undercover. I have been to meet ups here before but there are normally about 100 cars or so.
There were two drivers who ruined it for the rest and the police gave them warnings straight away. We put a post on Facebook to ask people to keep the noise down because we were near a residential area. Residents are now calling for action to be taken by the police and local authorities to prevent the car meets from happening again. A spokesman for the district council said: Huntingdonshire District Council was made aware of this happening on Monday. There was an issue with the battery on the shutter door to the car park, which meant we had to leave it open for cars to enter and leave. The battery has now been replaced and the shutter door is working correctly again.
Description: Victim of Masked Robbers.
Date: September 20 1902
Newspaper published in: Benton, MO
Colfax, Cal., Sept. 14.
A teamster named Charles MURRAY, who drives a freight wagon for the Ursal Major Supply Co., at Iowa Hill, was held up by two masked robbers on the road between Colfax and Iowa Hill, and robbed of $1,900, which was to be used to pay off the men at the Big Dipper mine. MURRAY was tied to a tree, where he was found later.
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