Man in Elysburg incident had seven outstanding warrants; he and girlfriend remain in prison
ELYSBURG - The Berwick man who allegedly fled from police late Thursday afternoon had seven outstanding warrants from Columbia County issued against him.
Justin W. Cressinger, 24, of the rear of 1120 W. Front St., Apt. 3, has three warrants for failure to pay three 2010 traffic violations totaling $660 from the office of District Justice Doug Brewer, Millville, which were issued in February.
He also has a non-traffic warrant in relation to disorderly conduct, issued in February for failure to pay $417 in fines, and three warrants for three 2011 traffic violations issued in August totaling $485.50 out of the office of District Justice Richard Kenecht, Berwick.
Cressinger and his girlfriend Brittney Anecki, 19, of 438 N. Market St., Elysburg, were video arraigned late Thursday night at Ralpho Township Police Station by Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones from his office in Mount Carmel.
Cressinger faces two felony counts of aggravated assault and three misdemeanor counts of simple assault, resisting arrest and providing false identification to law enforcement. He remains in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Anecki is facing charges of one felony count of aggravated assault, and two misdemeanors of resisting arrest and harboring and concealing Cressinger from police. She remains in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.
According to additional details in the affidavit of probable cause, township Patrolman Christopher Grow reported that he observed Cressinger on a blue motorcycle on the upper lot of Farnsworth Camping near the intersection of Route 54 and Southview Drive at 4:02 p.m. Thursday.
Cressinger told Grow he was turning around in the parking lot, and Grow informed him he was on private property. When Grow requested identification, Cressinger allegedly told him he was Chris Foust with a birthdate of Feb. 14, 1992, which Grow learned through a record check was not accurate.
Anecki, who lives next door, arrived and stated another name for Cressinger, Grow reported.
When Grow attempted to place Cressinger into custody, he allegedly pushed the officer and fled the scene on foot. Although Grow yelled multiple times to for him to stop, Cressinger continued to run, and Grow pursued the man, he said.
Approximately 2 1/2 hours later, Cressinger was found hiding in the attic of Anecki's house and taken into custody, police charge.
Dozens of law enforcement agents from Northumberland, Columbia and Montour counties assisted in the search, which included a state police helicopter out of Reading.
Police questioned two women at 438 N. Market St. at approximately 5 p.m., but went back to the house at 6:30 p.m. While Grow approached the house, Anecki allegedly ran out the front door yelling and swinging her fists at the officer. Anecki, who, according to the affidavit was thrashing and throwing her arms around, was taken to the ground by Grow, restrained with handcuffs and placed in the back of the cruiser.
Grow reported that Anecki later slipped out of her restraints and had to be handcuffed again.
She was also allegedly aware that Cressinger was in the residence, and concealed him there, police reported.
During the incident, Grow said he experienced bruising to his right knee and scrapes on both hands.
Cressinger had no weapons or any other suspicious items on him when police found him later in the attic, and there was no reason to believe he was armed or dangerous while he was on the run, police reported.Brittney Anecki, 19, of 438 N. Market St., Elysburg, was taken into custody of the Ralpho Township Police Department Thursday night. She's seen here at the station being escorted by Mount Carmel Township Patrolman David Stamets Jr.