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Man fearing zombie apocalypse arrested trying steal cop's gun

Police said he talked about the end of the world

U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A Lancaster County man apparently desperate to escape a coming zombie apocalypse is now facing charges after trying to disarm the police officer, who tried to arrest him for allegedly breaking into a car.

Upper Macungie Township Police charged Andrew Mall with criminal mischief and trying to disarm a police officer following an April 11 scuffle in the parking lot of Barry Isett and Associates. District Judge Rod Beck arraigned the 27-year-old Friday afternoon, setting bail at $50,000.

Officers were dispatched to the business in the first block of South Route 100 shortly after 2:30 p.m. April 11 for a report of a man who broke a building window and was entering employees’ cars, according to court records.

Police watched as the man later identified as Mall got into an unlocked Toyota Prius belonging to the engineering firm, according to records. Authorities said he had the car keys in his hand.

After Mall stepped out of the car, he allegedly ignored orders from officers to stop. Police said Mall could be heard talking rapidly and referencing the need to get away because the end of the world was coming thanks to the zombie apocalypse, according to court records.

Police said Mall became aggressive and a struggle ensued. After everyone fell to the ground, Mall allegedly tried to grab one of the officer’s holstered firearms. Authorities said it took several Taser deployments to subdue Mall.

A Barry Isett employee reported seeing Mall going into employee’s cars, and he reportedly did about $2,500 in damage, when he broke the building window.

Police charged Mall with two counts of trying to disarm a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a June 9 preliminary hearing.

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