Standoff: Alleged robber arrested

Standoff: Alleged robber arrested

There are 11 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 24, 2008, titled Standoff: Alleged robber arrested. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

After a five-hour standoff in southeastern Pennsylvania, police arrested a Hanover man in connection with at least three bank robberies and a vehicle theft.

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BJ Spangler


#1 Jun 24, 2008
This articule comes as a great shock to me in the aspect that I went to the same school as Mark and he was always very funny and out going. His personality was one of the better that I remember. This is a very sad story to what I remember as a kind and full of life person that I remember Mark as. My thoughts are with him.
Mom of 2

Aspers, PA

#2 Jun 24, 2008
I have to agree to the above comment. I hope he gets the help that is needed not only for himself but for his family also.
L-town Mom

United States

#3 Jun 24, 2008
How sad. Mark was in school with my daughter. How drugs can really mess up a person's life. I am praying for the family. Mark - get yourself together. You have a precious daughter.

Moorestown, NJ

#4 Jun 25, 2008
Burn em!

Middletown, PA

#5 Jun 25, 2008
My thoughts are with the Herrick family. I've known Mark for quite a few years and was friends with him. I really hope he can get himself together especially for that little girl.

Lansdale, PA

#6 Jun 25, 2008
I went to high school in Littlestown with Mark, and for as long as I can remember, Mark was always a bad person. He always caused trouble, but typically avoided getting caught, had others take the rap for him, or had others bail him out. He was a trouble maker in high school. He was stealing things in the 9th grade of high school. Thankfully he is off the streets and in prison where he belongs. He cannot, and he should not, be allowed back in society. One strike, two strikes .... 20 strikes and you're OUT!

Lansdale, PA

#7 Jun 25, 2008
Has anyone taken a look at his prior run-ins with the law? Imprisonment, Aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment, stalking, use of drug paraph, robbery, recklessly endangering another person, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, robbery inflict threat bodily injury, burglary, criminal trespassing - enter structure, tamper with property, etc. It's all in the public court documents for York and Adams counties. This has been going on for over 15 years!

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jun 25, 2008
I graduated from Littlestown High School in 1995 with Mark and I would say that I am surprised, but not necessarily shocked, by this news. Mark was a bully and exhibited violent tendencies. He definitely appeared to have some issues during his teen years. But I never would have imagined his behavior would get this disturbing as an adult. It's really a shame and it will be an uphill battle for him to ever get his life together.

Eden Prairie, MN

#9 Jun 26, 2008
Can't drive a stick.
Can't beat up a truck driver.
But he can fool an 80-year-old man!
family member

Newville, PA

#10 Jun 27, 2008
One thing is for sure, what Mark did was wrong. It is obviovous, many have positive and negative things to say about Mark and his past.(as I'm sure could be said for all of us)
It has been unfair for all those that have supported him over the years and tried to help him with his addiction. His family is hurt and tried to help him with a new start. His brothers, sister, daughter, nieces and mom and dad don't deserve all the pain and embarressment this has caused them. All are extremely dissappointed, but still love him.
I can only hope that his mistakes will somehow help others to realize that drugs aren't worth losing everything that is important. So sad :(
Maryland reader

Parkville, MD

#11 Jun 27, 2008
To "family member":

I congratulate you for reiterating that "what Mark did was wrong". As you said, everyone of us has done "positive" things in life, and everyone of us has done "negative" things. He who has not sinned can be the first one to cast stones. But what can't be lost here is the severity of what Mark has done. I would venture to guess that 99.9% of "us" don't rob banks. 99.9% of us don't steal cars. 99.9% of us don't commit burglary. 99.9% of us don't threaten to kill police officers.

I'm sure his family is embarrassed about what type of person he is. I, too, would be embarrassed of my son, my brother, or my nephew for trashing the family name.

What people also need to understand, is that you CANNOT blame drugs as the sole reason for Mark's inability to function in society. I will be the first one to say that drug addiction can destroy your life, but there are two points that I want to make:(1) in the end, Mark is responsible for Mark. No one else. And if he didn't seek help (or enough of it) sooner, then it's Mark's fault. No one else's. If Mark got involved with the wrong crowd in high school, which is probably the case, then it's Mark's fault. People are who they are because of the decisions they make in life. This was not just one single bad decision. This was many many bad decisions, which, when you add them up, makes it who he is. And (2), his personality was destructive and hurtful in nature when he was much, much younger ... even before the drugs. So, while I empathize with the drug usage (I really do), we cannot put blame on the drugs. I think if you look at his childhood closely and objectively, you will see the personality and behavior of someone that was destructive and condescending. A personality doomed for failure. Doing drugs is an escape from reality. And now he will live outside of reality -- in jail. For someone that can't function in society, this is where he belongs ... before they hurt or kill other innocent people.

I can rest a little bit easier, knowing that there is one less socially incompetent person wandering the streets, away from my wife and children.

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