Pa. police find third suspect in ‘meth-fueled’ crime spree

Police said Donald McClain III is a former employee at Cable Hardwoods Inc. in Perry Township, the lumber store where the crime is said to have taken place

Police say Donald McClain III is still at large. He is a former employee at Cable Hardwoods Inc. in Lawrence County, the lumber store where two men said they were robbed and beaten on Saturday.

PERRY, TWP. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) arrested the third suspect accused of beating and robbing two men during a multi-day Lawrence County crime spree.

Just after 6:30 Monday evening, police said Donald McClain III was taken into custody. He is a former employee at Cable Hardwoods Inc. in Perry Township, the lumber store where two men said they were robbed and beaten on Saturday.

Police said the suspects were high on methamphetamine at the time of the crimes.

“Violent, out of control. We’re talking about methamphetamine, being up for several days without sleep, without food, on a crime spree that we believed started Thursday the 29th of June,” said  PSP Lt. Eric Hermick.

That spree started in Crawford County, which is above Mercer County.

Police said the group is responsible for at least 12 burglaries and several auto thefts from five counties in two states.

Watch: Pennsylvania State Police press conference Monday afternoon

From Crawford County, they moved to Mercer County.

“Modern-day Bonnie and Clyde behavior following the robbery over there in Lawrence County as they continued to steal cars, burn cars, dump stuff, get into other vehicles, flee areas,” Hermick said.

Then on Saturday morning, the three broke into Cable Hardwood in Lawrence County. Investigators said McClain led Brandy Mae Rombold and Tyler Amos to the business.

They’re accused of beating and robbing the 60-year-old owner and his 84-year-old relative, who showed up to feed the cats. Hermick said McClain, Rombold, and Amos shot at them, beat them with baseball bats, and physically assaulted them.

“They tried to kill him and it’s my belief they thought they had killed the 60-year-old when they left the office.”

McClain left the group at some point.

Police said Amos and Rombold ended up in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, where they broke into a home and stole a family car.

Their crime spree ended Sunday when the couple was arrested in Cadiz, Ohio.

Both are currently in jail on a $250,000 bond each.

McClain was on the run until Monday night.

“He’s a known violent individual with involvement with the methamphetamine trade over in Lawrence County,” Hermick said.

All three are facing charges of attempted murder and robbery.

We’re waiting on more details surrounding McClain’s arrest from Pennsylvania State Police in Lawrence County. Stick with WKBN 27 First News on air and online for updates to this story.


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