LOCUST GAP — A 28-year-old Locust Gap man has been charged with burglary and assaulting a police officer relating to incidents on Tuesday night in this Mount Carmel Township village.

Bryan Alexander Olimpo, of 5 Sport Lane, is accused of grabbing Patrolman Michael Pitcavage by the vest and shirt and knocking his radio microphone off his shirt Tuesday night. Pitcavage was attempting to place Olimpo under arrest after the defendant allegedly fled the scene of a vehicle fire and was found hiding in a crawl space above a second-floor staircase at 7 Sport Lane.

Police had to use force to handcuff Olimpo and take him into custody.

At 6:36 p.m., police were dispatched to Route 901 near the Locust Gap playground for a vehicle fire. A witness told police the 2006 silver Honda was operated by Olimpo, whose driver’s license is suspended, according to police.

Upon arriving, Patrolman Patrick McAndrew observed Olimpo, who had active warrants against him, running from the car toward his home.

Mount Carmel Township Chief of Police Brian Hollenbush detained a front-seat passenger, David Klinger, who had hypodermic needles in his left front pocket, police allege.

As other officers arrived to assist with the pursuit of Olimpo, they and a neighbor heard a power tool running that indicated Olimpo may be using a drill to screw a third-floor door shut at his residence.

Police said the defendant’s mother, Ellen Olimpo, who initially said her son wasn’t in the home, eventually gave officers consent to enter the residence.

A male occupant of the home, who wasn’t identified by police, told police Olimpo ran into the home and went to the third floor.

Upon making entry to the third floor, police observed the attic door was screwed shut. After ordering Olimpo to come out and receiving no response, police entered the attic and found Olimpo hiding in a crawl space.

Police said Olimpo allegedly caused damage to the stairwell ceiling at 7 Sport Lane while hiding.

Police reported a hypodermic needle plunger, needle cap and hypodermic needles were seized in an area where Olimpo was arrested.

Olimpo is charged by Pitcavage with felonies of burglary, aggravated assault and criminal trespass, misdemeanors of resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia and a summary of driving under suspension (DUI related).

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge William Cole and committed to Mifflin County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

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