7.20.12 Stalking Arrest
Shortly before 1:45 pm, Wednesday, July 18th Officer Josiah King responded to a suspicious activity call, which took place in the area of the 300 Blk W. Mifflin St and the 400 Blk W. Vine St. Off. King spoke with the victim, a 35 year old Lancaster City woman, who reported that less than a half an hour prior to this, she had been walking in the 300 Blk W. Mifflin St, when she observed an olive-green Nissan Altima traveling in reverse, in her direction, in the 1st Blk S. Mulberry St. She stated that she then observed the vehicle turning into the 300 Blk W. Mifflin St and stop. At this point, as the victim was passing the vehicle, the lone occupant of the vehicle, whom she described as a light skinned male in his 40’s to 50’s wearing glasses, opened the driver’s door, grabbed her by her arm and attempted to pull her into the vehicle. The victim reacted by pulling herarm away and managed to walk away from this suspect and vehicle.
As the victim continued to walk, she again observed this same vehicle traveling east on Strawberry St and as she neared the intersection of Filbert and Vine Sts, she observed the vehicle again backing up in her direction. The vehicle then parked in the 400 Blk W. Vine St, in the area of Filbert and Vine Sts. At this point, the victim ran past the vehicle and while doing so, stated that she noticed the vehicle back out on to Filbert St, so being in fear, the victim hid behind a parked vehicle in the area. She stated that then the vehicle traveled slowly past her location and ultimately out of her sight.
Officer King then viewed Lancaster Community Safety Coalition Video, which captured the vehicle involved, including the registration plate. The vehicle was found to be a 2002 Nissan Altima, registered to the below individual…..
Roberto Antonio Cordero-Fernandez, 50
700 Blk Stevens Ave
Off. King then advised the Bureau Investigative Division and as a result Detectives George Bonilla and Toby Hickey responded to the area of the registered owner’s residence in the 700 Blk Stevens Ave at about 5:15 pm that evening,located and subsequently interviewed him. The following morning, Detective Bonilla charged this suspect with Stalking(M-1) and Criminal Attempt at False Imprisonment(M-2) before Magisterial District Judge Cheryl Hartman, obtaining a warrant for his arrest. Detective Bonilla then arrested Cordero-Fernandez at about 3:15 pm yesterday afternoon, at his residence,without incident. He was then arraigned on these charges by Magisterial District Judge Bruce Roth, who set bail at $5,000.00 and he was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of bail.
Detectives worked in consultation with Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney John Ditzler during this investigation. The Bureau of Police credits the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition with once again providingcritical video footage of this vehicle, allowing for such a quick and successful resolution to this case. As always, those charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
****THE LANCASTER BUREAU OF POLICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THE MEDIA TO LIMIT WHAT IS PUBLISHED IN THIS CASE TO THAT WHICH IS ON THIS NEWS RELEASE AND TO SPECIFICALLY REFRAIN FROM PUBLISHING THE VICTIM’S NAME OR INFORMATION SHOULD THAT BECOME KNOWN*****