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Police capture man charged with attempted murder of St. Thomas man

David Dalton Garner was taken into custody at a residence on Mickey Inn Lane in Greene Township

December 29, 2010
  • David Dalton Garner
David Dalton Garner

CHAMBERSBURG —  A Chambersburg man charged with attacking an old acquaintance, threatening the man's mother with a knife and robbing her was captured Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Police said.

 David Dalton Garner, 24, was taken into custody at a residence on Mickey Inn Lane in Greene Township around 5 p.m., a state police spokesman said Wednesday night.

 Garner was being held in the Franklin County Jail Wednesday night on a $1 million bond, a jail spokesman said.

  State police said Garner was charged with attempted homicide, four counts of robbery, and two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault, theft and unlawful restraint.

 At about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, Garner allegedly went to the St. Thomas home of Micah Eugene McGowan, 25, and knocked on the door, police said. The two had been friends through grade school, but had not seen each other in a while, police said.

 Police said they were told that Garner got a drink of water and was behaving strangely when he allegedly hit McGowan on the head with a bathroom scale. McGowan was stabbed in the head, tied up, and a plastic bag was placed over his head, police said.

 The intruder was choking McGowan and demanding to know where he kept his valuables when McGowan's mother, Mary E. McGowan, 54, came home, police said.

 She was threatened with a knife and tied up, police said.

 Her money and credit cards were taken, and she was forced to write a check before the intruder left in her black 2008 Subaru Outback, police said.

 The mother took her son to Chambersburg Hospital for treatment.

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