Four individuals with McVeytown addresses and a man with a Newton Hamilton address have been apprehended for their alleged involvement in an attempted burglary in Cambria County that ended in the death of a K9 officer.
The Johnstown Police Department reported earlier this week that Makayla McCarty, 22, Derrick McCarty, 27, Corey McCarty, 24, and Robert McCarty, 52, all of McVeytown, and Sean Robertson, 25, Newton Hamilton, have been charged in the incident.
According to a report from the police department, officers were dispatched to an old Goodwill warehouse at 249 Maple St. in the Woodvale section of Johnstown around 4:19 a.m. Nov. 22.
“When officers arrived, they conducted a search of the building and apprehended two suspects hiding throughout the building. Officers on scene quickly found that there were to be five suspects in total,” wrote interim police chief Chad Miller.
It was at that point, K9 Officer Titan and his partner Brian Stevens were called to assist with the search.
“While conducting a search for the remaining suspects, K9 Titan fell through an unsecured, open elevator shaft from the fourth floor,” wrote Miller. “K9 Officer Titan died honorably in the line of duty while searching for individuals evading police during a burglary in progress ...”
K9 Officer Titan had served honorably with the Johnstown Police Department since 2014.
After conducting rescue efforts for K9 Titan, an extensive secondary search of the building was conducted by officers, and the remaining suspects were located and apprehended.
Magisterial District Judge Susan Gindlesperger presided over a preliminary arraignment for all five suspects Nov. 22.
Each of the five individuals is charged with felony 2 burglary, felony 3 flight to avoid apprehension and misdemeanor 1 possession of an instrument of crime. Makayla McCarty is facing two additional charges: possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both ungraded misdemeanors.
Gindlesperger set bail at 10% of $250,000 for each of the four male suspects. Bail for Makayla McCarty was set at 10% of $300,000. According to online court documents, none of the five have yet posted bail.
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