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McAdoo fugitive nabbed

Published December 31. 2009 01:02PM

Tamaqua Police have arrested a McAdoo fugitive who allegedly robbed a woman at knifepoint in her car in November.

Acting on an anonymous phone tip, Swatara Township Police picked up Richard Ellenbrook, 34, of N. Kennedy Drive, on Monday evening in Enhot, near Harrisburg.

Tamaqua Police had an active warrant for Ellenbrook's arrest following a robbery in the borough on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.

The victim, a woman who reported to police she had spent two days with Ellenbrook, had picked him up in Tamaqua to give him a ride back to his McAdoo apartment.

Before leaving the borough, Ellenbrook allegedly asked the woman to pull over, stating that he forgot to get keys for his boss. He pulled out a knife and asked the victim for her wallet, then exited the vehicle.

The suspect got away with the wallet, containing $512 in cash as well as licenses and photos belonging to the victim, police said.

After reporting the robbery, the woman positively identified Ellenbrook through a photo on the police's computerized JNET system.

Tamaqua Police received the phone tip on Ellenbrook's whereabouts and coordinated his arrest with Swatara Township.

Ellenbrook has been charged with two counties of robbery, both felonies, as well as terroristic threats, possessing instruments of a crime, simple assault, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Ellenbrook was arraigned before duty magistrate Charles Moran, Pottsville, and is in Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bail.

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