4.22.13 Unlawful Restraint, Threats, Assault Arrest

22 April 2013 by Lt. Todd Umstead

 Lancaster City Police charged a 21-year-old Philadelphia man following an incident where he threatened to kill a 23-year-old city woman. The victim stated that she had been involved in a brief relationship with Eric R. Rivera. At 7:00 p.m. April 20, 2013, Rivera made threatening statements to the victim, telling her he would kill her, placing her in fear for her life.  When the victim told Rivera to leave her apartment (in the 200 blk. W. James St.) he pointed a knife against the victim's back and forced her to drive him to Long's Park.
      While at Long's Park (1411 Harrisburg Pk) Rivera put a knife against the victim's left cheek and again made threats against her life. Rivera then forced the victim to drive them back to her apartment. While in the apartment, Rivera put the knife up against the victim's torso and neck and threatened to cut her and kill her. The victim was afraid to leave so she waited until Rivera fell asleep before fleeing the apartment. The victim went to a relative's house and called police. Rivera was arrested at the victim's apartment and has been charged with three counts of Simple Assault, one count of Unlawful Restraint, and two counts of Terroristic Threats by Off. Nelson Ramos before MDJ Bruce Roth. Rivera was arraigned and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000.00 bail. All persons accused of crimes are considered innocent until proven guilty.