11.18.13 Gun Arrests
At approximately 10:27 p.m. November 15, 2013, Off. Ben Bradley and Off. Anthony Weaver conducted a traffic stop on a tan Audi sedan in the 1st Blk. N. Charlotte St. due to the vehicle having a broken windshield and a rear left light that was not working. The driver was identified as Angelo Ortega, 23-year-old male, resident of the 600 Blk. Manor St. Lancaster. An open and partially full 12oz can of Labatt Blue beer was observed in the center console beside him. Ortega was also in possession of approximately 17 grams of suspected marijuana, a grinder with suspected marijuana on it, and a scale. Ortega was also in possession of a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun which had its serial number obliterated so that it could not be read. Ortega does not have a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon on his person or within a vehicle.
Ortega has been adjudicated delinquent for burglary and receiving stolen property both of which are considered enumerated offenses which prohibit him from possessing a handgun. Ortega has a suspended driver's license with three previous convictions for driving on a suspended license.
Off. Weaver charged Ortega with Persons not to Possess a Handgun, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Possession of Firearm with Altered Manufacture Number, Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, General Lighting Requirements, Open Container, and Driving on a Suspended License before District Justice Roth. Ortega was released on $120,000.00 unsecured bail.
At approximately 2:23 a.m. November 16, Lancaster County Wide Communications advised of a reckless driver in the area of N. Water St. at W. Orange St. They advised that a gray vehicle was driving back and forth on Water St. As Sgt. Mark Radmore arrived on scene, he observed a gray Dodge Neon on N. Water St. driving northbound approaching W. Orange St. The Dodge was driving in the middle of Water St. and immediately reversed upon seeing the marked police car. Sgt Radmore activated his overhead emergency lights and pulled in front of the Dodge. The driver, later identified as Jerry Santiago, 19-year-old male, resident of the 400 blk. Beaver St., continued to reverse the vehicle for several seconds until finally stopping. Sgt Radmore approached the passenger side and spoke to a 16-year-old male. When the juvenile opened the glove box, Sgt. Radmore observed a black handgun. The handgun was seized and discovered to be a Diamondback .380 semi-automatic. Santiago is only 19 years of age and does not have a valid concealed carry permit. Santiago's operating privileges were suspended on 25 Sept 13 and have not been restored. Sgt Radmore charged Santiago with Firearms Not To Be Carried Without a License (F3) and Driving While Operating Privileges Are Suspended (S) before MDJ Bruce Roth. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
The 16-year-old male, a resident of the 800 blk. Highland Ave., Lancaster was charged with Firearms Not to Be Carried without a License (F3) and Curfew (S). He was transported to the Youth Intervention Center.
At 12:41 a.m. Nov. 18, 2013 Officer Klete Griffin and Officer David Rachor heard several gunshots in the area of the 600 blk. of Columbia Ave. The officers were in the area on an unrelated call. They located a witness who stated that two black males were seen running from the area and then getting into a dark colored Suzuki. Officers located a blue Suzuki parked at the gas pumps at Columbia Ave. and Orange St. Three black males were in the vehicle. Officers made contact with the vehicle and removed the occupants from the vehicle. Jabiah Morant, 20-year-old male of the 300 blk. Coral St. attempted to flee from the vehicle but was immediately apprehended. A search incident to arrest yielded a loaded Glock 9mm handgun in Morant’s waistband. The handgun had been reported stolen to West Hempfield Twp. Police in 2008. The other occupants were a 29-year-old male and Keyon Cowan, 19-year-old male, 500 blk. Sterling Place, Lancaster. All three were transported to the police station, along with the vehicle. Following investigation and interviews by members of the Criminal Investigation Division, Morant was charged with Persons not to Possess a Handgun, Carrying a Firearm without a License, and Receiving Stolen Property. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.
Cowan was charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana. The 29-year-old was released with no charges.