Crime Stoppers 2013 Review

12 December 2013 by Sgt. Bill Hickey

Cooperation and communication between Police and the public is crucial to solving crimes. One of the ways the public can share information with Police and investigators is through the Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers program.


          People can contact Crime Stoppers in many different ways; they can call Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913, they can submit a tip through the internet at or through our Facebook page All three sites have a link to submit a tip. There is also the Text Tip program where people can text information on crimes and criminal suspects. They can text LANCS and their message to 847411. All tips can be submitted anonymously.


From the Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers website:

(Crime Stoppers)  is a volunteer organization of local citizens and business people dedicated to the reduction of crime, to the prompt solution of crimes, and to rewarding persons who provide information that leads to the arrest of criminals.  Boiled down into simpler terms, Crime Stoppers is a group of concerned people who gather funds to reward individuals who provide information anonymously to our police agencies so that they can solve unsolved crimes.


Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation which was founded in 1987 through the efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Lancaster, Pennsylvania State Police, Lancaster City Police and the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association, as well as citizens of the State.  The By-Laws for the organization were adopted in May 1987. Crime Stoppers is currently partnered with Lancaster Newspapers.


Crime Stoppers utilizes a multimedia approach, for solving crime, designed to gather evidence and information on unsolved crimes through the cooperation of all the local media.  Each week a fugitive or unsolved crime is selected by the Crime Stoppers Police Coordinator, who distributes the information as supplied by the investigating agency, to the media publication.  This is known as the Crime of the Week and will result in a reward of up to $1,000 to the individual who supplied the information needed to solve the crime.


Contributions are being solicited from service organizations, social clubs, business me-women, corporations, and interested residents.  Crime Stoppers is a non-profit, tax exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the IRS Code, so all contributions wil be tax exempt.  Mail contributions to :  
Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers P.O. Box 7475
Lancaster PA,  17604


During 2013 forty-one Crime Stoppers flyers have been featured. Many of those cases have been solved through Crime Stoppers tips. Many have been solved through the diligent efforts of the investigators working the cases. Here is a review of some of the cases featured in 2013 and how many were solved:


13-01- Esteban Rodriguez-Reyes was wanted in Lancaster City for a Firearms violation and through Lehigh County for Homicide by Motor Vehicle. He had fled to the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez-Reyes surrendered to authorities and is currently being held in Lehigh County.

Esteban Rodrigiuez-Reyes

13-02 Maddie Fritz was wanted by Manor Twp. Police Department for a residential burglary. She was apprehended by Manheim Twp. Police Department on an unrelated incident.

Maddie Fritz

13-03 Allen Hess was the victim of a Homicide in an apartment in the 200 blk. W. Walnut St. Lancaster City. That case remains open and has not been solved.

Allen Wayne Hess

13-04 Animal Cruelty in Marietta. An unknown person shot a domestic cat in the head with an arrow. That case remains open and has not been solved.


13-05 Carlos Ramos-Lebron is wanted for a Homicide that occurred in Puerto Rico. It was thought that he might have been in Lancaster City. He has not been located.

 Carlos Ramos-Lebron

13-06 Daylight burglaries in Ephrata. Det. Ortenzi received an anonymous tip and was able to solve multiple cases with the arrest and conviction of Dylan Hess.

 Dylan Hess

13-07 Andy Irizarry and Hector Irizarry are both wanted by multiple jurisdictions in Lancaster and Berks Counties. They were both residents of Lancaster City but might have fled to New Jersey and have not been apprehended.

Andy Irizarry Hector Irizarry 

13-08 An attempted strong arm Robbery occurred outside of the Giant supermarket on N. Reservoir St. in Lancaster City. That case remains open and has not been solved.


13-09 Armed Home Invasion Robbery Manheim Borough. 2 of 3 suspects had been captured. Information was sought for the 3rd suspect. No disposition was reported to Crime Stoppers liaison.

13-10 An armed home invasion robbery occurred in Marietta Borough. The Susquehanna Regional Police Department charged Manuel Rodriguez in that case.

 Manuel Rodriguez

13-11 An armed Robbery occurred at Marina’s Grocery store in Lancaster City. That case remains open and has not been solved.


13-12 The Metro Bank in East Hempfield Twp. was robbed. Jose Occasio was charged with that Robbery after he was apprehended in Lebanon County for a similar crime.

 Jose Ocasio

13-13 Carlos Vaddy was wanted by Lancaster City Police for Fleeing & Eluding and Firearms violations. An anonymous tip led Police to Vaddy’s locations where he was apprehended.

 Carlos Vaddy

13-14 Lancaster City Police featured a picture of an unknown male wanted for his involvement in an armed home invasion Robbery. Det. Gerace was eventually able to identify the suspect as Anthony Rosario of Patterson, NJ. Rosario was arrested for the crime.

 Anthony Rosario

13-15 Manheim Twp. Police Department was attempting to locate a minivan that had been involved in an attempted Homicide case. The vehicle was located the following day by Lancaster City Parking Enforcement Aides and turned over to Manheim Twp. PD. 


13-16 Ephrata Police Department  had a series of commercial burglaries at a Wine & Spirits Store. An anonymous tip led to the arrest of Matthew Burkhart.

 Matthew Burkhart

13-17 Corneilus Bryant is wanted for (4) Lancaster County Bench Warrants through the Sheriff’s Office. He has not been located and is still wanted for failing to appear in court.

 Corneilus Bryant

13-18 Burglary/Arson 3885 Columbia Ave. West Hempfield Twp. Police Department. This was an arson of a woodworking shop. The case remains open and has not been solved.


13-19 This flyer featured a composite sketch of a person of interest/potential witness in the Homicide of Hector Ortiz-Fuentes. On August 11, 2009 Ortiz-Fuentes was killed on the 1st blk. N. Plum St. Lancaster City. This case remains open and has not been solved.


13-20 Manor Township Police Department was seeking the identity of unknown suspect wanted for Access Device Fraud by using a stolen credit card at an ATM. Officer Burkholder was able to identify and charge Kerick Erisman in that case.

 Kerick Erisman

13-21 Armed Robbery J&K SuperMart Lancaster City. This flyer featured photos of a male and female who robbed the store at gunpoint. The pair were identified as Rachel Burk and Kevin Ware. They were later arrested by Lancaster City Police. Det. Sgt. Nickel also charged two additional accomplices, identified as Allison Moss and Steven Sultzbach.

 Kevin Ware  Rachel Burk

 Allison Moss  Steven Sultzbach

13-22 Miguel Camacho was wanted for a stabbing/aggravated assault that occurred in the area of the 1st blk. E. Fulton St. Lancaster City. Camacho was arrested on the warrant for aggravated assault.

 Miguel Camacho

13-23 A shooting occurred on the 200 blk. N. Franklin St. Lancaster City. The suspect was identified as Bryan Ramos-Duque. He was later arrested by US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force on the warrant for Criminal Attempt-Homicide.

 Bryan Ramos-Duque

13-24 A robbery/ shooting occurred at a residence on the 800 blk. Prangley Ave. One of the suspects was identified as Jorge Font. A warrant for robbery and aggravated assault was issued. Font was later arrested by Lancaster City Police during a traffic stop.

 Jorge Font

13-25 On May 29, 2013 an invasion of privacy incident occurred at JC Penney in Park City Center. Photos of the suspect featured in the media and Crime Stoppers flyer generated multiple tips and the identity of the suspect, Austin Fischer. Fischer was already incarcerated at LCP at the time of his identification.

 Austin Fischer

13-26 Arson at a residence in Landisville. West Hempfield Twp. Police featured this incident after a home on the 1600 blk. Stanley Ave. had been set on fire. The suspect was later identified as Zachary Tersak. He was charged with Burglary, Arson and Criminal Mischief.

 Zachary Tersak

13-27 Armed Robbery of Citgo gas station in Sadsbury Twp. Pennsylvania State Police are still seeking the identity of (3) males. Two of the suspects were armed with what was believed to be shotguns. The case remains open and has not been solved.

13-28  Armed Home Invasion Robbery West Earl Twp. Police. No disposition has been reported to Crime Stoppers liaison.

13-29 Theft of Commercial tools from UGI vehicles. This occurred at a facility on W. Roseville Rd. Lancaster City Police Detectives are still seeking information on this incident. The case remains open and has not been solved. 

13-30  Israel Polanco-Cano was wanted for Criminal Attempt-Homicide after a stabbing that occurred outside of a breakfast line at a church on the 1st blk. E. Orange St., Lancaster City. An anonymous tip led to his arrest in Michigan.

 Israel Polanco-Cano


13-31 Jose Rodriguez was wanted for Rape and other offenses. Lancaster City Police Detective Morant had obtained a warrant for Rodriguez. An anonymous tip to Det. Morant led to the arrest of Rodriguez in Florida.

 Jose Rodriguez

13-32  Theft of antique Ford Model A and trailer. Delaware State Police received a tip for the location of the trailer and vehicle. Off. Carter (Southern Regional Police Department) has charged Curtis T. Williams with the offenses.

 Curtis T. Williams

13-33 Theft of items from Giant 235 N. Reservoir St. Lancaster City. Giant stores had obtained security video of a retail theft suspect. The total value of loot, taken over several days, exceeded $2,000. The suspect was identified as Pedro Lebron-Ortiz after Crime Stoppers received a tip. A second tip led investigators to Lebron-Ortiz’s location where he was arrested. 

 Pedro Lebron-Ortiz

13-34 Access Device Fraud suspect. This flyer featured an unknown white male who used a stolen credit card to make a purchase at a beer distributor in Lancaster City. The case remains open and has not been solved.


13-35 Manor Twp. Police Department is seeking information on a residential burglary that occurred on the 1100 blk. Colonial Rd. The suspect vehicle was described as a gray Mazda with a Florida registration. The case remains open and has not been solved.


13-36 Armed Robbery of J&K SuperMart. An unknown male entered the store and robbed it at gunpoint. This is an active investigation and may be tied to other robberies that occurred in Lancaster County in the same time period.


13-37 Manheim Twp. Police Department was looking to identify a bank Robbery suspect. The Bank of America on Fruitville Pike had been robbed. Investigators were able to identify the suspect at Tyson L. Johnson. He was arrested after Manheim Twp. Police spotted him in a vehicle in Lancaster City.

 Tyson Johnson

13-38 East Lampeter Twp. Police Department were seeking the identity of two Robbery suspects. The pair Robbed a Sunoco on Lincoln Hwy East, utilizing a syringe as a weapon. A tipster alerted ELTPD to the identity of one of the suspects. That suspect, Mitchell Conte, surrendered to ELTPD. The second suspect, William Gray, was subsequently identified and arrested in Lancaster City.

 Mitchell Conte  William Gray

13-39 Columbia Borough Police Department obtained a warrant for Terrance Lucas for Criminal Attempt-Homicide after a shooting in their jurisdiction. Lucas has not be apprehended as of the date of this release and is still wanted.

 Terrance Lucas

13-40 Cumru Township Police Department (Berks Co.) obtained arrests warrants for Matthew Hill and Kyle Costello for an armed bank Robbery that occurred in their jurisdiction. Hill and Costello are both residents of Lancaster City. As of the date of this release, neither suspect has been apprehended and are still wanted.

 Matthew Hill  Kyle Costello

13-41 Lancaster City Police investigated a Robbery that occurred outside of a convenience store 500 blk. Hershey Ave. The suspects had been inside the store prior to the Robbery and their images were captured by store security cameras. Crime Stoppers has received information on this incident and investigators are actively following leads.