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October 14, 2013

Suspect no longer on the run: Cops catch city man after second chase

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man who fled police Sunday after crashing his vehicle in Ferndale tried to escape officers yet again Monday, police said.

This time, he didn’t get far.

Michaelson P. Ferdinand, 31, was arrested along Scalp Avenue early Monday after police spotted him leaving the Alliance Medical Center methadone clinic, Richland police Chief Michael Burgan said.

“He tried to run ... but we caught him across the street,” Burgan said, saying officers had to “Tase” Ferdinand after he resisted their efforts to take him into custody.

The Johns- town man had been sought by police since Thursday for his alleged role in a Tire Hill home burglary – and perhaps numerous others, Conemaugh Township police said.

Investigators spotted Ferdinand’s white Ford Explorer pulling into a Tire Hill Road auto shop Sunday and tried to take him into custody but he fled, leading police on a chase into Ferndale, Conemaugh Township police Officer Russell Miller said Sunday.

Ferdinand crashed his vehicle on Ferndale Avenue, striking a car occupied by a borough woman who received minor injuries in the crash, Miller said.

A search for Ferdinand was underway by multiple police departments Sunday evening.

Burgan said police received a tip the man might visit the Scalp Avenue methadone clinic early Monday.

“We caught him as he was leaving,” he added, saying Ferdinand was there for treatment.

Ferdinand now faces 10 charges, including three aggravated assault counts stemming from the chase, Conemaugh Township police Sgt. Vincent Zagaglia said.

Other charges include burglary, fleeing or attempting to elude officers and motor vehicle-related counts, online court records show.

Ferdinand was lodged in Somerset County Jail on Monday. A preliminary hearing date had not yet been set, according to online court records.

David Hurst covers Conemaugh and Richland townships for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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