Carlisle mayoral candidate challenged police to fight after attacking home with hammer


A republican candidate for mayor of Carlisle was arrested and charged with burglary on the night of the primary election.

Police say that they found Scott Robinson, 33, with a power drill or screwdriver attempting to remove a front door on Tuesday around 7:45 p.m.

According to the affidavit, Robinson went to the home in the 100 block of S. West Street and "confronted the victim over the property." Police say that Robinson is the property owner but that his father is the acting landlord of the property.

The victim answered the door and Robinson began to scream and yell, according to the affidavit. Robinson returned a few minutes later and the victim's boyfriend answered the door, according to the affidavit.

Robinson attempted to push his way into the home and "at one point [pushed] his finger into the boyfriend's forehead," according to police.

Police say that Robinson's behavior was "described as violent and tumultuous" and that both the victim and her boyfriend were "in fear for their safety."

Robinson left again and returned with a hammer, according to the affidavit. Police say that Robinson broke the glass window and caused severe damage to the door.

Police say that Robinson also yelled obscenities at the neighbors.

Robinson left again and returned with a power tool when he was confronted by police, according to the affidavit.

Police say that officers spent 30-35 minutes talking the Robinson during which time his "behavior and agitation escalated and subsided multiple times." Robinson "could not keep [his] thoughts together, jumping from the issues at hand to problems that had no bearing on the current situation," according to the affidavit.

Police told Robinson that he was being taken into custody and he began to argue and "stated he was not under arrest," according to the affidavit. Robinson then challenged one of the officer to fight him and dared the officer "to approach him one on one," according to the affidavit.

Police say that the officers did not attempt to "close the gap on him" because they were "familiar with Robinson's violent history and propensity to physically fight with authorities."

Robinson continued to defy orders and was then tased before being handcuffed, according to the affidavit.

He was taken to the Cumberland County Prison on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

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