6.09.12 Stabbing - E. Andrew St.
On 9 June 2012, at approx. 12:39 AM, Lancaster City Police officers were dispatched to the 1st block of E. Andrew Street for a reported stabbing. While enroute to the scene, Lancaster Countywide Communications broadcast a description of the suspect and relayed that he was last seen going north on Queen Street. Officers immediately began checking the area for the suspect, while other officers from Platoon B responded to the stabbing scene. Officers found a 19 year old Lancaster man, at the front of 10 E. Andrew Street. The victim was suffering from multiple stab wounds and lacerations of the side, back and neck. The victim was immediately taken to an area hospital by EMS (Emergency Medical Services) for treatment and underwent surgery for his injuries. The victim is currently listed in critical condition.
Within minutes of the 911 call, Officer Klete Griffin and Sergeant Edward McLoughlin observed a subject matching the suspect’s description, in the 200 block of Beaver Street. Officer Griffin and Sergeant McLoughlin stopped the subject, who was then identified by witnesses as the person who stabbed the victim on E. Andrew Street. The suspect, who was identified as Arnaldo Andres SANTOS-VAZQUEZ, was taken into custody and then transported to the Lancaster City Police station.
Detectives processed the scene for evidence and interviewed witnesses throughout the early morning hours. Through witness interviews, investigators learned that SANTOS-VAZQUEZ went to 10 E. Andrew Street and created a disturbance when he began arguing with the victim, over a missing cell phone. At some point, SANTOS-VAZQUEZ pushed the victim and the argument turned physical. SANTOS-VAZQUEZ then repeatedly stabbed the victim in the side, back and neck, causing serious bleeding. SANTOS-VAZQUEZ then fled the residence on foot and was last seen running north on Queen Street.
As a result of the investigation, Detective Kurt Miller charged Arnaldo Andres SANTOS-VAZQUEZ , with one count of Criminal Attempt at Criminal Homicide before Magisterial District Judge Richard Simms.
ARRESTED: Arnaldo Andres SANTOS-VAZQUEZ M/20
400 block S. Queen Street
SANTOS-VAZQUEZ is being held at the Lancaster City Police station and is awaiting arraignment at this time.
Investigators credit the quick arrest of the suspect to the help of witnesses who provided a description of the suspect, as the well as his direction of travel. Investigators also credit the first responding officers, who responding quickly to the scene and immediately checked the area, locating the suspect while he was attempting to flee the scene.
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