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Police arrest suspect in Mifflin County hit and run

Alrick Manning Jr., 28, from State College allegedly brandished a handgun before fleeing the scene of a crash on foot.

MIFFLIN COUNTY, Pa. — Update, March 20: A criminal complaint alleged that Manning had been acting paranoid about the government before the crash that prompted the order to shelter in place. 

An affidavit of probable cause says that Manning's mother advised police of the paranoia and that she had last seen him the night before the crash, when he left the house with a gun. He was reported missing.

Police say investigation revealed that the suspect has several firearms on his record of sale. They also reportedly found several rounds and magazines of ammunition around the crash site and in the vehicle Manning was driving, which was rented.

The fire chief who initially responded to the scene claims that Manning pointed a gun directly in his face when he crawled into the vehicle to check for signs of life, a criminal complaint states.

Manning allegedly fled sometime between when the chief retreated and before police arrived to establish a perimeter. 

Pennsylvania State Police say Manning was taken into custody on March 16.

Update, 3 p.m.The small town of Allensville in Mifflin County woke up Thursday to some big commotion.

“For a really small town like this, this stuff never happens here," said Travis Gilmore.

“Kinda breaks the quiet community with the sirens and the whistles blowing," added Harold Eckley. "I got a call around 4:00 a.m. that a guy was on the loose.”

That guy is Alrick Manning Jr., 28, of State College.

He’s the driver police say allegedly crashed his car into a telephone pole and the front porch of a home on West Main Street.

“From what we’ve been told the fire chief went into the vehicle that was originally in the accident which caused the whole issue and they apparently pulled a gun on the chief," said Gilmore.

Then the suspect took off running.

Gilmore works down the street from the scene at Hildebrand Motor Company and says the crash knocked out electricity for most of the town. 

“Got here at about 7:00 a.m. and [we] lost power and then a few minutes after that, we got a notification the whole town was on lockdown basically," added Gilmore.

Crews were on scene through the early afternoon cleaning up and have since restored power.

“Just praying they don’t come into my house, just pray everyone else is safe," said Eckley.

No one was hurt.

Manning remains at large. He's charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person in connection to this morning's incident.

Previously: State Police are asking residents of Menno Township to shelter in place after a man fled the scene of a crash and flashed a handgun.

Authorities say that they are investigating a crash in the 100 block of Main Street in Menno Township.

In that crash, Alrick Manning Jr., 28, from State College allegedly brandished a handgun before fleeing the scene on foot. His whereabouts are currently unknown but no one was injured at the scene. 

State Police are asking residents in the area to shelter in place, and any drivers that take a route in the area are asked to plan an alternate way of travel.

Officials say there will be a heavy police presence in the area until the man is found. Anyone with information on Manning Jr.'s location has been asked to call PSP Lewistown at 717-320-1010. 

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