The agent for Prudential Bob Yost Realtors related to police that she received a call on Sunday inquiring about a property in the 1700 block of Monroe street, in the borough, that was listed for sale. She did arrangned to meet the suspect at 10 o'clock Monday morning to show the property.
The agent and the suspect met at the agreed time and she showed the property. Afterwards, the agent got into her car to leave. That is when the suspect got into the rear passenger seat. Ignoring her pleas to get out, the suspected pulled out a steak knife and demanded money or an ATM card. The victim did not have any money on her, so the suspect ordered her to drive to an ATM.
The victim was forced to withdraw cash from an ATM at the M&T Bank branch on South Richland Avenue in Spring Garden Township. The agent was then ordered to drive the suspect to the intersection of Belvidere and King streets in York City. Once they arrived the suspect jumped out of the car and ran away. The suspect then drove to the West York Borough Police station.
Police launched an immediate search for the suspect in the area where he dropped off. A West York Borough officer found the suspect in Bantz Park calmly sitting on a park bench. As the officer approached the suspect ran away into a wooded area that runs parallel to the Codorus Creek. Other officers from West York, York City and Manchester Township converged on the scene and setup a perimeter A York County Sheriff K-9 was also called to the scene. But before the K-9 arrived the suspect popped from beneath the water of the creek. He had been hiding underwater, popping up every few seconds for a breathe of air. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Police identified the suspect as Gregory Knaub, 36, no known fixed address. Knaub admitted to kidnapping and robbery to police. Knaub had two outstanding arrest warrants for a prior theft offense and for a state parole violation.
Charges against Knaub include: Kidnapping, Robbery, Unlawful Restraint, Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property and False Imprisonment.