Police pursue robbery suspect

UPDATE: ORTIZ SURRENDERED TO POLICE ON 10/2/16. HE WAS ARRAIGNED AND COMMITTED TO THE DAUPHIN COUNTY PRISON IN LIEU OF $100,000 BAIL.

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On 9-30-16 at 1149 hours Swatara Township Police were dispatched to the intersection of Mushroom Hill Road and Grayson Road for report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police located a female who had been involved in the incident; she was inside of Walmart. She told officers that a man entered her car in the parking lot of Walmart, threatened her by stating that he had something that would give her HIV, and demanded to be driven away from the store. Further investigation would reveal that the man had just attempted to commit a theft inside of Walmart and was in the process of running away. The driver of the vehicle followed the man's orders and drove off of Walmart's property. When the vehicle stopped at a red light on Grayson Road, a female passenger exited the car, produced a handgun, and demanded that the man get out of the car. He exited and began to struggle with the female for control of the gun. The gun went off at least one time and the man ran from the scene. It is unknown if the suspect was shot; both female victims were unharmed. The two females returned to Walmart to wait for police. Investigation revealed that the female was in legal possession of the gun and had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. 

The Pennsylvania State Police responded to assist with a helicopter. Summit Search & Rescue responded to assist with a tracking Bloodhound. Lower Paxton Police and Harrisburg City Police also provided assistance during the ensuing investigation. The suspect was positively identified as 45-year-old MICHAEL ORTIZ. 

A warrant is currently being requested for his arrest. He is being charged with Robbery of a motor vehicle, Kidnapping, and multiple other offenses.

Incident Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 11:49am

Incident Type:

Reference ID: 
16-0015051
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Location: 

6535 Grayson Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111