8.20.13 Gun Arrest
On August 17, 2013 at approximately 8:38 p.m. multiple Lancaster City Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Green St. and Pershing Ave. for a subject who had been involved in a fight, and had then been seen placing a hand gun into his front waistband. This incident was observed by Lancaster Community Safety Coalition employees who were monitoring LCSC cameras and immediately contacted Lancaster County Wide Communications (LCWC). LCSC employees saw the suspect lifting his shirt up and displaying the firearm within view of the camera. The first arriving officer, Off. Glenn Stoltzfus, observed a subject matching the description in the 500 blk. of Pershing Ave. Off. Stoltzfus confirmed through LCWC that this was the subject seen with the firearm as LCWC communicated with persons from the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition.
The suspect went from the sidewalk onto the front porch of a residence in the 500 blk. of Pershing Ave, and sat on a chair. There were several persons, including small children, on the porch at that location. LCSC employees observed the suspect remove the firearm from his waistband and tuck it under the seat cushion of the seat he was on, directly next to a small child. Officers approached the suspect, and he was found in possession of a Bersa Firestorm .380 auto hand gun with a loaded magazine containing six (6) rounds of .380 ammunition. The suspect was identified as Isaiah Rodriguez, 18-year-old male, resident of the 400 blk. E. Grant St. The firearm was found partially underneath a seat cushion of the bench/chair that Rodiguez had sat down on. Rodriguez, being only 18 years of age, is inelligible to possess a lawful concealed weapons permit in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Rodriguez was also found in possession of an opened bottle of rum, with a small amount of rum still in the bottle at the time of this incident.
Rodriguez was charged with the listed offenses by Off. Stoltzfus before M.D.J. Kelly Ballentine:
Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Open Container.
He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $50,000.00 bail. All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.