UPDATE TO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2021

CONTACT INFORMATION:
John C. Snyder, Chief of Police
West Manchester Township Police Department
380 East Berlin Road
York, PA 17408
Phone - 717.792.9514


**UPDATE**

Homicide Investigation – First Block of N. Gotwalt Street in West Manchester Township

West Manchester Township Police were called to 34 North Gotwalt Street in West Manchester Township on March 30, 2021 at 0725 for the report of a man who was deceased from apparent stab wounds. 

Responding officers located Robert Runkle, age 65, inside the residence deceased from apparent stab wounds.  During the ensuing investigation, officers developed Brian K. Peters, Jr., age 33, as a suspect.  Peters is believed to have stayed at the residence with Runkle for some amount of time before this homicide occurred.

After the homicide, Peters stole Runkle’s vehicle and left the scene.  It is alleged that Peters made statements before leaving that he was headed outside the local area to commit additional crimes of violence.  The investigation also revealed that Peters was wanted for a different homicide in Brevard County, Florida. 

With the assistance of troopers and support staff of the Virginia State Police, Peters was located travelling southbound on I-95 in Hanover County, Virginia.  Peters was subsequently stopped and arrested without incident.  He is currently lodged in the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, VA.

This investigation is ongoing.  Peters is charged with Criminal homicide and related offenses.  Extradition will be coordinated with the appropriate authorities.  

The Department deeply appreciates the assistance of the York County District Attorney’s Office, York County Coroner’s Office, and the Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Sean J. Conway at 717.792.9514.

Previously released:  The West Manchester Township Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of March 30, 2021 in the first block of North Gotwalt Street in West Manchester Township.

The investigation is ongoing, and the following facts are known at this time.  The homicide occurred in a residence and involves one male victim. A male suspect is in police custody in Virginia.  The victim and the suspect were known to one another, and there is no reason to believe that there is any additional danger to the public.  Officers are continuing the investigation, and a more complete news release will be made after notification of the victim’s family and as the investigation reveals additional information. 

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Sean J. Conway at 717.792.9514.