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Police chase down fugitive

Courtesy of Shamokin Police Dept. Joshua A. Reichenbach, March 24, 2016 arrest.

Courtesy of Shamokin Police Dept. Joshua A. Reichenbach, March 24, 2016 arrest.

SHAMOKIN — A 35-year-old Shamokin man who police say absconded while on state parole was captured Thursday morning in downtown Shamokin following a brief foot and vehicle pursuit.

Joshua A. Reichenbach was taken into custody by several state parole agents, Shamokin Police Chief Darwin Tobias III and Cpls. Bryan Primerano and Jarrod Scandle at Independence and Liberty streets in front of the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library at about 9:15 a.m.

He was initially spotted walking at Lincoln and Liberty streets before fleeing. Authorities on foot and in vehicles quickly converged on Reichenbach and

apprehended him without further incident.

He was committed to SCI-Coal Township on a parole violation.

Reichenbach was sentenced to two to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to three felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance relating to an incident on Jan. 8, 2014.

He also was charged by Shamokin police with numerous felonies for his alleged role in a police chase and methamphetamine lab at 26 E. Sunbury St. in 2016.

On March 24, 2016, police, who had a felony arrest warrant for Reichenbach, spotted the Shamokin man in the parking lot at Wendy’s before he fled, striking Patrolman Raymond Siko II in the process. Reichenbach was found a short time later hiding in a crawl space above a second-floor bathroom at 26 E. Sunbury St., where his girlfriend, April L. Weit, resided.

Police also discovered a meth lab in the home.

Four days later, 26 E. Sunbury St. was gutted in a fiery inferno that was quickly labeled suspicious. The home was demolished after being condemned in the wake of the meth lab bust.

To date, nobody has ever been charged in connection with the fire, which also caused damage to three neighboring homes.