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Warrants issued in kidnapping, robbery

September 23, 1998|By DON AINES

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man acquitted last month of an attempted murder charge is being sought by Pennsylvania State Police in connection with a kidnapping and robbery Monday that began in Cumberland County, Pa.

According to the police report, warrants have been issued for the arrest of Donald Troy "Peanut" Houser on charges of robbery, kidnapping, assault, criminal conspiracy and firearms violations.

A Franklin County, Pa., jury on Aug. 14 acquitted Houser, 25, of 30 W. South St., of a charge of attempted homicide in a July 20, 1997, drive-by shooting in the borough. The jury was deadlocked on charges of solicitation to commit homicide and criminal conspiracy.

The report said the kidnapping incident began at about noon Monday at the Budget Host Motel, 10 Hershey Road, Southampton Township, near Shippensburg. Police said three men took two people from a room at gunpoint and drove them to Hagerstown to collect a debt one of them owed.

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Police took two other men into custody in connection with the incident.

Daniel Major King, 17, of 30 W. South St., was charged as an adult Tuesday with criminal attempt to commit robbery, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Also named in the affidavit was James Coy of Chambersburg. Trooper Anthony Manetta said Coy had not been charged in the case, but a Franklin County Prison official said he was being held on a probation violation.

The police report said Tyler Plum, 20, of Waynesboro, Pa., and a 17-year-old from Chambersburg were in the motel room. The report said three men entered the room after one knocked on the door and was let in by the juvenile.

Police said the men demanded money and one of them had a revolver. When the juvenile said he did not have the money he owed one of the men, he and Plum were driven to Hagerstown, where the boy's sister lives, police said.

The juvenile told police he was struck by one of the men at the motel, according to the affidavit.

The report said one of the victims got away in Hagerstown and the other was released after he turned over approximately $400 to the kidnappers.

King was arraigned before District Justice Larry Meminger on Tuesday and jailed on $150,000 bond. Meminger's office said King's bail was reduced to $20,000 later in the day and he was released on bail.

Houser was scheduled for two pretrial hearings today in Franklin County Court, according to the district attorney's Office.

One is a suppression hearing on the charges remaining from the drive-by shooting trial. The other hearing is for unrelated charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

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