Police Nab Fugitive Ciccanti Following Botched Escape
Police from Schuylkill, Berks, and Lehigh counties captured a Pottsville fugitive earlier Saturday morning.
According to Tilden Township PD, Archie Cicccanti was taken into custody just after midnight on Saturday, right over the Schuylkill County line in Tilden Township. Ciccanti was wanted after being found guilty of robbing the estate of a well-known Pottsville attorney in 2019.
He’s one of three who faced charges connected with the cleaning out of the home of attorney Lester Krasno, following his death last year. The incident was caught on security cameras inside the Krasno home.
Fugitive Ciccanti Taken Into Custody Following Botched Escape
Tilden Twp. PD says they were called to the Microtel Inn & Suites on Lowland Road. Tilden PD was joined by Hamburg PD. At 9:30 p.m. Friday, police descended upon the hotel and Ciccanti’s room on the first floor.
Ten minutes later, police realized that Ciccanti busted through the screen in his room’s window. Police saw Ciccanti run into a wooded area by the Microtel Inn.
Here’s a Google Map of the area near the Microtel Inn near Hamburg:
They told him to stop but so few ever do. Ciccanti kept running. That’s when the two departments called for backup. Joining the effort to bring Ciccanti in were police from:
- Hamburg Borough Police
- State Police – Hamburg
- State Police – Schuylkill Haven
- Bethel Township Police
- Tulpehocken Township Police
- Muhlenberg Township Police
- Northern Berks Regional Police
- Bern Township Police
- West Reading Borough K9
- Upper Macungie Township Police K9
- Schuylkill County Detectives
- Berks County Sheriff’s Office
Police set up a perimeter around the wooded area they believed Ciccanti hid. It took about 2 hours for them to bring him in but just before midnight, they heard the fugitive yell that he hurt his leg.
Ciccanti was transported to Reading Hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Police say that part of the time he was on the lam Friday night, he hid in “a small body of water” in the woods.
Schuylkill County detectives took the fugitive into custody while he was at the hospital. He’s now locked up in Schuylkill County Prison, awaiting sentencing. A jury found him guilty of felony burglary charges on Monday. He didn’t appear for his trial and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Another fugitive in this case, Buddy Noel, remains on the lam: