Crime: Fugitive found in Florida

fugitive found in Florida
Gregory Allen Daniels

A fugitive who eluded Pennsylvania State Police in Williamstown twice last week has been found in Florida.

Gregory Allen Daniels, 44, was apprehended in Ormond, Florida, yesterday following a rash of criminal activity there this week. He is wanted by PSP in Lykens on multiple charges stemming from a break-in at a vacant house in Williamstown March 25, a subsequent high speed chase in a stolen car, and a later crash in a different stolen vehicle.

READ: Crime: Police looking for fugitive

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Daniels escaped each time, then disappeared after the second episode in which he is accused of stealing a school van and deliberately crashing it into other vehicles before eventually abandoning it. The above link describes the two episodes that led police to seek a warrant for his arrest.

Daniels faces criminal charges in Florida in connection with what police describe as “several incidents of criminal activity” there.

He is awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania, where he faces multiple felony charges in four separate cases.

Pennsylvania cases

The first was filed March 25 after the high speed chase.

Police answered a call to the 200 block of East Market Street in Williamstown for a report of a criminal trespass. Daniels reportedly gained access to a vacant property illegally. Toopers were told he was also driving a stolen vehicle from South Carolina.

Daniels led police on a high speed chase into Weiser State Forest, where he eventually abandoned the car and fled into the woods on foot.

PSP’s next contact with Daniels came after a school van was stolen from the Williams Valley School at 12:10 a.m.

Daniels was driving the van when he intentionally struck another occupied vehicle head on and then rear-ended another vehicle in Williamstown a short time later.  He then fled the area in the stolen van. 

Daniels abandoned the van and it was located at 7:30 a.m. in Jefferson Township, Dauphin County.

Police filed a set of charges in connection with the first chase on March 25. His address was listed as Irmo, S.C. in court records associated with those charges. A second set of charges stemming from the stolen van and crash the next morning were filed on March 26. Daniel’s address was listed as Williamstown at that time.

A third set of charges stemming from the break-in of the vacant home in Williamstown were filed April 1. Daniels address was again listed as Irmo, S.C. in those court records. He had the same address in a fourth case charging him with making terroristic threats filed on April 2.

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