Fugitive nabbed in city

Following a foot pursuit near the Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a brief search, fugitive Scott Michael Rubendall, wanted in connection with a burglary in Montoursville, was captured Sunday afternoon as he hid in some bushes on Louisa Street, city police said.

Rubendall, a convicted felon and admitted heroin addict with multiple addresses, allegedly broke into John and Julie Persun’s home at 1295 Mulberry St. on April 10, Montoursville police said.

Rubendall had been employed by Persun’s brother, a contractor, and worked at the property before the break-in, Patrolman William Hagemeyer said.

After smashing a door window to get inside the home, Rubendall stole a handgun and an estimated $8,000 in jewelry, the officer alleged in an affidavit.

It was just after noon Sunday when city police officers stopped a BMW X3 driven by Amy Morgret, a 30-year-old city woman whom the officers recognized. They also knew there was a bench warrant for her arrest.

Moments after she stopped in the 700 block of High Street, a man recognized as Rubendall bailed out of the passenger seat and started running onto the medical center property, police said.

The officers lost sight of him, but hospital security, with the help of another witness, pointed police in the right direction, leading to the fugitive’s capture in a matter of minutes.

Borough police have charged Rubendall with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and convicted felon not to possess a firearm. City police also had a warrant for his arrest, charging him with possessing drug paraphernalia in the 1200 block of Park Avenue on April 11.

Following his arraignment at city police headquarters by District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, Rubendall was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $160,000 bail.