Father of suspect in teen's shooting accused of aiding son

Suspect's girlfriend also charged in case

READING, Pa. - The father of a man charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a teenager in Berks County is now, himself, behind bars.

Michael Hale stands accused of helping his son, Matthew Hale, with escaping after the younger Hale allegedly shot a 13-year-old boy in Washington Township, near Barto, on April 14.

Two days later, Brevard County, Florida, sheriff's deputies apprehended Matthew Hale and his girlfriend, Sydney Carper-Sellers, in Melbourne. Matthew Hale, they said, was in possession of drugs and more than $30,000 in cash.

Investigators said they later learned that, after the shooting, Michael Hale instructed his son and Carper-Sellers to meet him at an address on West Campbell Road in East Greenville, Montgomery County, where the older Hale helped his son break into multiple safes that contained a large amount of cash.

Matthew Hale and Caper-Sellers then fled the area with the money, officials said.

Michael Hale, 53, of East Greenville, was charged with two counts of hindering apprehension/prosecution and committed to the Berks County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Carper-Sellers was also charged with two counts of hindering apprehension/prosecution. She has been freed on $25,000 bail.

Matthew Hale is still being held in Brevard County on the charges there, according to Berks County District Attorney John Adams. He won't be returned to Pennsylvania until that case is closed. In Berks, he is facing charges that include attempted murder and aggravated assault.

As for the shooting victim, who has since turned 14, he has undergone several surgeries as part of his treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.

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