Cross burning victim feeling relief after arrests

ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Ashley Brooks moved her family to Elizabethville from Harrisburg three years ago to get a fresh start and live in a quiet rural community, but things took an unexpected turn in January when a cross was burned in front of her home.

She says she was caught off guard and scared for her children.

“I could not sleep at night when it first happened,” Brooks said. “I was afraid for my children when they went outside.”

Three weeks later, state police arrested two teenage boys and charged them with ethnic intimidation and arson. Ashley says when she got the phone call from a trooper, she experienced a wide range of emotions.

“I was shocked and relieved when the trooper called me,” she said. “I finally felt at peace that this was over.”

Ashley says she got a lot of support from people in Elizabethville and the surrounding region after the incident.

Ashley says she was not optimistic that police would solve this case, but she says she is grateful that they stayed with it and made the arrests.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said since the case involves teenagers, it’s too soon to know what kind of punishment they could face.

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