Man sentenced to over 5 years in federal jail after 2021 I-81 police chase where officers found illegal guns, ammo

22 March 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jason Robles, age 43, formerly of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to serve 65 months’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, and $100 in financial penalties based upon his guilty plea to possessing ammunition as a previously convicted felon.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, in August 2021, Robles was operating a motorcycle at a high rate of speed on I-81 in Cumberland County. A Pennsylvania State Trooper attempted to stop Robles and a high-speed chase ensued where speeds reached up to 115 mph and Robles crossed the median into oncoming traffic. Robles was eventually stopped and found in possession of heroin, marijuana, and cocaine base, as well as a 9mm Polymer handgun with no serial number, known as a “ghost gun,” loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition. Prior to the August 2021 incident, Robles was previously convicted of a state felony drug offense in 2021 and a federal drug offense in 2002 that prohibited him from possessing firearms or ammunition.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).  Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler and Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Miovas prosecuted the case.