Hostage, robbery suspect jailed on $2M bail

Joseph Aldinger
Joseph Aldinger (Cumberland County Prison photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have filed 14 charges against the man arrested after a two-county crime spree that included a gunpoint abduction, bank robbery, carjacking and hostage standoff.

Joseph Wade Aldinger, 29, of Shiremanstown, is jailed in Dauphin County Prison on three counts of robbery, four counts of unlawful restraint, and additional charges of robbery of a motor vehicle, burglary, escape, resisting arrest, firearms offenses, and possessing an instrument of crime.

Bail is set at $2 million.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Aldinger was looking to score some drugs before his arrest Thursday afternoon at the Salvation Army thrift store on Hampton Court Road in Lower Paxton Township, where arresting officers carried him shirtless and shoeless to a waiting police car.

Joseph Aldinger arrestHis alleged crime spree began in the morning in Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County, where police said he pulled a gun on a man as he was taking out his trash, then forced him back into his home.

The victim told ABC 27 News he was held at gunpoint for nearly two hours in the apartment, in front of his girlfriend and three children, while Aldinger spoke of doing crystal meth and running from police. He said he eventually was forced to drive Aldinger to the Kline Village shopping center in Harrisburg.

Authorities said Aldinger next pulled off a bank robbery in Liberty Square and a carjacking at the Gander Mountain sporting goods store along Jonestown Road before he went into a nearby home and held four people hostage.

After he released the hostages, Aldinger came out of the home and pretended as though he was going to surrender, but authorities said he suddenly flashed a gun, jumped into a pickup truck, and fled to the thrift store where he was arrested.


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