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Man who found Harold Davis Jr.'s hideout: I knew he was here

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 15 2013 03:38:01 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 05:02:05 PM CST

The man who led police to the subject of an all-out manhunt after discovering the fugitive's hideout spoke out about the startling discovery Friday.

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. -

The man who led police to the subject of an all-out manhunt after discovering the fugitive's hideout spoke out about the startling discovery Friday.

As soon as Clifford Brown, an archer, walked into Chestnut Hill Archery Club on Quarry Road in New Morgan, Berks Co., around 7 a.m. Friday, he knew something was off.

"It was out of place," Brown said. "I knew he was here. I knew it."

And Brown was right. Harold Davis Jr., the fugitive leading police on a massive manhunt, had been there, hiding in the archery club after he kicked in a window, and from there, he made himself at home, police said.

"He made tea or something. That's never left out," Brown said. "Then I looked in the refrigerator. A couple of sodas were gone."

Brown's first clue, however, was the couch, which appeared disorganized and was missing a pillow. He then looked in the ladies' restroom and found that missing pillow on the floor.

"So I knew he slept in the bathroom," Brown said. "And that's when I got out. I decided I better move."

Brown walked back outside to his truck and called 911. When police from Caernarvon Township arrived, he said they went back inside.

Brown said he noticed a light was on that hadn't been earlier, although the club was empty, prompting the police sweep that finally caught the suspect.

"I'm just glad he got him," Brown said.

And Brown is glad he could be of help, though he said he doesn't feel like much of a hero, but rather just the archer from East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., who he's always been.

"I don't feel any different. Not yet. I called my buddy. He said, 'Boy, you're a celebrity!' I said, 'No I'm not. I'm just thankful I was at the right place at the right time and nobody got hurt. That's the most important thing."