Appalachian Trail Hiker Attacked in Gettysburg

Published Jul 14, 2012

Everyone who loves and protects the Appalachian Trail was attacked early Thursday morning, July 12, 2012 in Gettysburg, PA.

According to the police report (printed below):

A hiker -- identified only as a 46-year-old man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama -- walked into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to resupply.

While walking down Baltimore Street, a small blue car drove by. The occupants -- two black males, one white male and two white females -- yelled something about being homeless at the hiker.

The car stopped, turned around and drove back to the hiker. The hiker tried to avoid a confrontation, but the people in the car accosted him nearby. One black male and the white male got out of the car. The black male threw an unknown type of flammable liquid on the hiker, and the white male threw a match at the hiker and set the hiker on fire.

The victim of the brutal attack was taken by ambulance to Gettysburg Hospital where he was treated for second- and third-degree burns on his hands, arms, face and scalp. The hiker's clothing, backpack and other belongings were also damaged.

Caring people in Gettysburg are assisting the hiker.

The violation of this traveler in Gettysburg, PA is a civil war between heartless marauders and innocent travelers. We will not rest until the perpetrators are brought to justice for this despicable, cowardly attack.

Rewards are being offered to assist in the apprehension and conviction of the violent criminals who attacked one of the Appalachian Trail's own.

Those with information about the crime are encouraged to call Gettysburg police at 717-334-1168 or Adams County Control at 717-334-8101.

Adams County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrests and convictions of the people involved. Reach Crime Stoppers at 717-334-8057.

Gettysburg Police Report:

On July 12, 2012 at about 12:58 AM the Gettysburg Police Department and Gettysburg Fire Department and EMS responded to the intersection of Baltimore and High Street for an injured subject. Upon arrival patrols found a 46 year old male from Tuscaloosa, AL. Initial investigation revealed that the victim who is walking the Appalachian Trail had stopped in Gettysburg to resupply. He had went to a local business and was walking on Baltimore Street when a small blue car passed him. Occupants in the vehicle yelled something to him about being homeless and he yelled back. He observed the car turn around and he left Baltimore Street in an attempt to avoid any confrontation. The occupants of the vehicle located him at the intersection of Court Alley and Levan Alley. There were two black males, 1 white male, and 2 white females in the car. 1 black male and the white male exited the vehicle. The black male who was holding a cup threw the liquid contents on the victim and the white male then threw a lit match on victim igniting the liquid. As a result of the fire the victim received burn injuries on his hands, arms, face, and scalp. There was also damage to victims clothing, backpack, and it contents. The victim was transported to the Gettysburg Hospital for treatment of 2nd and 3rd degree burns. The Gettysburg Police Department is requesting that anyone with information contact the Department at 717.334.1168 or Adams County Control at 717.334.8101 The victim also received needed assistance from various local businesses and anonymous sources.


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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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