9.10.12 Arrests from weekend

10 September 2012 by Lt. Todd Umstead

Lancaster City Police Officers arrested the following individuals in seperate incidents over the weekend:

1. Jose Alberto MENDEZ 18-year-old male

    No permanent address

    Charged with: Aggravated Assault, Escape, Resisting Arrest, Police Animals, and Disorderly Conduct.         




On Friday, September 7th 2012 at 9:58 p.m. Off. Scott McDonald was on patrol on his police horse Duke. Mendez and an unknown female subject were fighting in the first block of S. Queen St. and a large crowd began to gather. Despite Off. McDonald giving numerous commands to stop, the men continued fighting. Off. McDonald then grabbed Mendez and told him he was under arrest. Mendez punched Duke in the shoulder and elbowed Duke in the right side of his stomach. Mendez then threw a punch at Off. McDonald, striking the front of his helmet. Mendez managed to escape and fled on foot. Officers Rick Beighley and Erik Pannone assisted in chasing Mendez, who was eventually captured and taken into custody after a brief struggle which required officers to deploy a Taser on Mendez. Mendez was charged with the above offenses before MDJ Cheryl Hartman.  Mendez was committed to Lancaster County Prison (unknown bail amount). The woman who was fighting with Mendez fled on foot and was not located. Neither the officers, defendant, nor Duke were injured in this incident.    


2. Gabriel Emmanuel LOPEZ-VAZQUEZ  19-year-old male

    600 blk. Rockland St., Lancaster

    Charged with: Aggravated Assault





At 6:30 a.m. September 8, 2012 LCPD officers were sent to Lancaster General hospital for a report of a stabbing victim in the emergency room. Officers learned that a 21-year-old city man had been transported to the hospital in a private vehicle. The victim had sustained multiple stab wounds to his torso during a fight that occurred in the 100 block of Chester St. The suspect in this incident was identified as Gabriel Lopez-Vazquez. The suspect is known to the victim and the initial fight apparently stemmed from a dispute over a female subject. The victim underwent emergency surgery and is expected to survive. Lopez-Vazquez was located by patrol officers at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the 100 blk. of Chester St. where he was arrested without incident. He was charged with Aggravated Assault by Off. Joel Thomas before MDJ Richard Simms. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $40,000.00 bail.


3.  Forrest Troy CHEEVES-WILSON 24-year-old male

     400 blk. N. Wanamker St., Philadelphia PA

     Charges: Aggravated Assault, Disarming Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Possession Small Amount of Marijuana




At 1:45 a.m., September 10, 2012 officers responded to a large fight in the 300 blk. of E. Ross St. Sgt. Mark Radmore arrived and observed numerous people fighting in the middle of the street. Sgt. Radmore attempted to disperse the crowd by issuing numerous verbal commands for the group to leave. Sgt. Radmore observed the above subject, later identified as Forrest Cheeves-Wilson, yelling at an unknown female. Cheeves-Wilson then ran after this female and tackled her onto the street. Sgt. Radmore deployed pepper spray in an attempt to prevent Cheeves-Wilson from further assaulting this woman. Cheeves-Wilson continued his assaultive and disorderly behavior, so Sgt. Radmore deployed his Taser on Cheeves-Wilson, who continued fighting and struggling with Sgt. Radmore as he attempted to place Cheeves-Wilson under arrest. Cheeves-Wilson threw numerous punches at Sgt. Radmore, who was able to block all of the punches with his forearms. Cheeves-Wilson then grabbed Sgt. Radmore's Taser and attempted to pull it out of his grasp. Sgt. Radmore maintained control of his Taser and with the assistance of Off. Justin Miller, Cheeves-Wilson was eventually subdued and taken into custody.  Officers located a small bag of marijuana in Cheeves-Wilson's pant's pocket. He was charged before MDJ Janice Jimenez with the above offenses and committed to Lancaster County Prison (unknown baill amount). Sgt. Radmore was not injured.


As always, all persons charged are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.