Fugitive Gunman Captured

By on November 13, 2015

Fugitive Gunman James Gehman’s appearance changed much from wanted photo

by PATRICK BURNS

Ephrata Police weren’t surprised  the man arrested Thursday in East Cocalico looked differently than he did on Sept. 30.

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James K. Gehman, 41, who is accused of robbing the Turkey Hill store at 3585 Rothsville Road in Ephrata Township.

Police  say  James K. Gehman, 41, had eluded a man-hunt for more than six weeks in connection with the robbery of the Turkey Hill store at 3585 Rothsville Road in Ephrata Township.

Last night, Ephrata and East Cocalico police arrested and charged Gehman, now with a shaved head and goatee. Police, who knew Gehman to be clean-shaven with a full head of hair, distributed his photo  in connection with the armed robbery of a clerk at the store on Sept. 30.

Ephrata PD Lt.  Tom Shumaker said Gehman was captured at  570 N. Muddy Creek Road, about 1.5  miles north of Route 272 in East Cocalico and less than two miles from the East Cocalico Police station.

Shumaker said a family member Thursday unknowingly led police to Gehman at that home.

Ephrata and East Cocalico officers staked out the rural area for several hours.

Gehman was taken into custody at about 11 p.m. without incident,  Shumaker confirmed Friday morning.

He said it is not clear yet whether Gehman had been hiding out in the area since the robbery on Sept. 30.

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Authorities had released a head-shot, wanted-photo of Gehman – whose last known address was on Galen Hall Road in Reinholds – along with pictures of his tattooed arms from 2013 police photos.

Shumaker confirmed Gehman is cooperating with authorities. No  family members or others have been charged with aiding Gehman.

Police would not say who helped Gehman and no charges of  harboring a fugitive have been filed.

However, Shumaker said the investigation is continuing.

Authorities had released a head-shot, wanted-photo of Gehman – whose last known address was on Galen Hall Road in Reinholds –   along with  pictures of  his tattooed arms  from 2013 police photos.

Patrick Burns is a staff writer and social media editor for the Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455¶

 

 

 

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