Spring City Man Faces Multiple Charges in 2 Counties

LANCASTER PA – A 41-year-old Spring City man was charged Tuesday (March 30, 2021) with several felonies by Lancaster police, who reportedly chased him at high speed after he “assaulted a man in Chester County” and threatened “to rape and kill two people in Lancaster,” according to the online newsfeed of the LNP Media Group.

James Patrick Gambill was confined to Lancaster County Prison after he was unable to post $150,000 bail, as reported in a story published Wednesday (March 31) by the Lancaster Online staff.

In Lancaster, Gambill is said to face charges of fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, receiving stolen property, flight to avoid apprehension, two counts of driving under the influence, terroristic threats, possession of drug paraphernalia and four traffic violations. In Chester County, he also faces counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, and harassment.

Lancaster officers first responded Tuesday before 8 p.m. to a report in which they alleged Gambill told a man he was “going to rape your girlfriend and then kill you.” Witnesses told police Gambill drove away in a Mitsubishi sedan, which he later claimed was stolen from a Black man he had assaulted while uttering several racist epithets, according to an affidavit.

Gambill sped away when officers found him in the stolen vehicle, the story stated, and “a high-speed chase ensued.” He “eventually lost control of the vehicle” and crashed into two other vehicles, police reportedly said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 14 in Lancaster.

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