Off-duty officers foil robbery attempt in Harrisburg

A pair of off-duty police officers stopped a robbery in Harrisburg.

City police said the officers Wednesday evening were driving in the 400 block of Market Street and saw a woman being pulled along by a man.

The man ran off when the officers stopped and confronted him, but he was caught and detained until on-duty officers took him into custody, police said.

James Mills, 49, of the 1800 block of North 12th Street, was later charged with robbery and unlawful restraint and sent to Dauphin County Prison in lieu of bail.

The 26-year-old woman reported that she was walking to the train station to return to Philadelphia when the robber approached her from behind and demanded her money, police said.

When she pleaded that she had no money, she said the robber shoved something
hard against her back, told her that he had a gun, then grabbed her by the
arm and began pulling her to an ATM until the officers intervened, according to police.

The victim was not harmed and did not have any property taken.

Police said Mills did not have a gun when they searched him, just a pair of pliers or wire snips.

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