On May 8, 2018, at approximately 11:13 a.m., Harrisburg Police responded to a call regarding a male making threats. Officers arrived on scene at the 200 block of N River Street, where a male, later identified as Joseph McCabe, was being detained by a Constable. The Constable had given McCabe orders to get down; however, McCabe would not comply. Harrisburg Officers drew their weapons at McCabe and ordered him multiple times to get down. McCabe put his hands up and was detained without further incident.
The Constable stated that he was off-duty making deliveries when he heard McCabe yelling at staff at the Downtown Daily Bread. He could hear McCabe threatening to kill someone, so he went over and identified himself as a Constable. McCabe fled and the Constable pursued him while calling 911. At one point, McCabe turned and pointed what looked like a handgun at the Constable. McCabe consented to a search of his backpack and person and no firearm was found. There was a large red and black lighter in his front left pants pocket. McCabe said he had the lighter in his hand and admitted that he did point it at the Constable.
Harrisburg Police Officers went to the Daily Bread to speak with staff about the incident. McCabe had been playing music loudly from the ledge of the building and was told by staff to turn it down. McCabe began to yell and swear, at which point he was told to watch his language. McCabe then began to threaten staff saying, "I'll kill you, don't walk out of this building alone, I'll put a bullet in your head." That was when the Constable intervened, and McCabe fled. Staff informed Harrisburg Police that McCabe has been told he is not allowed on the property. They have sent him a letter stating this, yet he keeps returning.
McCabe was arrested and subsequently charged with one count each of Criminal Trespass, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, and Disorderly conduct.