Right about the time polls closed Tuesday and Scott Edward Robinson, 33, of Carlisle, secured the Republican nomination for mayor of Carlisle, he was arrested and taken to Cumberland County Prison, charged with felony burglary.
Around 7:44 p.m. Tuesday, Carlisle Police responded to the 100 block of South West Street for a report that Robinson had been in a dispute with two residents and was attempting to break into the home, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Carlisle Police.
When police arrived, Robinson was seen attempting to remove the front door of the home with a power tool, police said.
Robinson, who owns the property, arrived at the home earlier and confronted the tenants, according to police. The victims told police that Robinson was told to leave because he was yelling and acting in a “violent and tumultuous” manner, police said.
At one point, Robinson attempted to force his way into the home, but was pushed back by the two people inside the home, according to an affidavit. Robinson then left the home and returned with a hammer and began hitting the door, breaking a glass window, police said.
He again left and returned with a power tool, at which point he was confronted by police, the affidavit said.
“Robinson’s behavior and agitation escalated and subsided multiple times” while talking to police, according to the affidavit.
When police attempted to arrest Robinson, he refused and threatened to fight one of the officers, police said. He was eventually subdued with a Taser and taken to Cumberland County Prison, where he is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Robinson is charged with felony burglary, criminal trespass, misdemeanor resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and summary criminal mischief.
In the affidavit, police said Robinson has a history of violence and a “propensity to fight with authorities.”
Robinson, who garnered 750 votes to earn the Republican nomination for Carlisle mayor, has two additional active criminal cases in the borough. In both cases he is charged with misdemeanor defiant trespass, according to court records.
Robinson was also charged with misdemeanor simple assault in 2013, but pleaded guilty to summary harassment, according to court records.
In 2014, Robinson was charged with DUI and felony aggravated assault with a vehicle in Lebanon County, felony aggravated assault in Cumberland County and felony robbery and aggravated assault in a separate case in Cumberland County, according to court records.
In all three cases, Robinson had the felony charges dropped and pleaded to misdemeanor simple assault as the highest charge, court records show.
Bethany Salzarulo, director of elections and voter registration for Cumberland County, said she was conferring with the county solicitor to determine if Robinson’s latest charges would affect his appearance on the November general election ballot.
Robinson is slated to compete against incumbent Mayor Tim Scott, who won the Democrat nomination Tuesday, in November.