Viewing entries posted in September 2012
CRIME OF THE WEEK 12-37 Week of September 24th, 2012 BURGLARY/STABBING
During the week of Sept 17, 2012 the Lancaster City Police received information about a group of automobile enthusiasts that were meeting on Sunday nights in the parking lot of Boscov’s at the Park City Mall. Information received was that certain members of the group were leaving the meeting to conduct street races on US 30 and SR 283 in Lancaster City, East Hempfield Township, and Manheim Twp. The Lancaster City Police Auto Theft Unit was notified as there is a documented link to street racing and vehicle thefts. Often vehicles are stolen and stripped of their parts to replace or repair parts damaged while street racing.
On August 27th, 2012 the Lancaster City Police received information regarding an indecent assault involving a 12 year old female child and a 43 year old male suspect, which occurred on June 15th, 2012 on Fremont St. in Lancaster. As a result of this information detectives with the Special Investigations Unit began an investigation.
In August 2012 The Lancaster City Police Auto Theft Unit was contacted by the West Earl Township Police Department in regards to several thefts of disabled vehicles from Route 222. As members of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office Auto Theft Task Force, the detectives with LCPD’s Auto Theft Unit had unique training and experience that was suited to assisting in the investigation. After reviewing the thefts in West Earl Township, as well as other thefts that were determined to have occurred on Rt. 222 and Rt. 30 in Brecknock Township, East Cocalico Township, East Lampeter Township, Ephrata Township, Manheim Township, Spring Township (Berks County) and Wyomissing Borough (Berks County) the detectives of the Auto Theft Unit placed a decoy vehicle on Rt. 222 southbound in the area of Farmersville Rd, West Earl Township. On August 21st, while conducting surveillance, the decoy vehicle was placed on a black rollback style tow truck and driven to J&J Towing and Auto Repair, 20 Eberly St, Reading PA. Detectives from the Auto Theft Unit followed the truck to the location and requested the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police and Reading City Police. The vehicle was secured and the driver of the tow truck was arrested. The driver was identified as:
CRIME OF THE WEEK 12-36 Week of September 17th, 2012
At approximately 8:12 pm on Thursday, September 13th, 2012, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Howard Ave. for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival officers observed a male victim, city resident, standing on the front porch of a residence suffering from a large laceration on his left arm. The victim stated that he and the suspect, later identified as Alejandro "Alex" Castillo-Contreras, were involved in an argument. As a result of that argument, Castillo-Contreras attacked the victim with a machete.
Shortly after 8:00 pm, Monday evening, September 10th, Lancaster City Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment building/rooming house in the 400 blk. of Manor St. for the report of a stabbing which had just occurred.
Lancaster City Police Officers arrested the following individuals in seperate incidents over the weekend:
Updated information regarding death investigation, 1st block Wise Ave: Following an autopsy by the Lancaster County Coroner's Office, this death is being investigated as an apparent suicide caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The victim is a 21-year-old city man.