On Saturday 29 April 2017 at approximately 2013 hrs. Officers from Platoon A responded to the 300 blk. N. Mary St. for a report of an assault that just occurred. Upon arrival, Officers found an adult male with a single laceration on his lower back just above his right hip. The victim, M/42, was transported to LGH for treatment. The laceration did require medical treatment but was not considered to be life threatening.
In speaking with the victim, Officers were told that the victim had been on his way home when he spotted the suspect. This occurred in the area of N. Pine St. and W. Walnut St. The suspect exited a maroon van and began yelling at the victim. The victim was riding a bike at the time of the initial encounter with the suspect.
The victim arrived at his residence on N. Mary St. and parked his bike behind his home. When he walked back to the front of the house the suspect was waiting for him. The suspect brandished a machete and began to chase the victim. The suspect swung the machete at the victim, struck him on his back and caused the laceration. The victim was able to elude the suspect and did not suffer any additional injuries. There was no additional information on a direction of travel for the suspect.
The suspect and victim are known to each other. This incident was beileved to have been spurred by a debt owed to the suspect by the victim. The victim only knew the suspect by a nickname. Officers and Detectives are still working to positively identify the suspect. A passerby in the area at the time of the assault managed to snap a picture of the suspect. The suspect appears to be an adult male, possibly Hispanic, shaved head and a goatee. The suspect wore a long sleeved red short and dark pants.
Anyone with information on this assault or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Det. Ginder at 717-735-3345 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lancaster Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.