On January 16, 2017, at approximately 9:05 PM, officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of S. Christian Street for an unknown police problem. When the officers arrived, they discovered several occupants inside the residence who reported being robbed at knifepoint. The victims (four males and one female ranging in age from 20-42 years old) reported that three unknown Hispanic males, wearing all black entered the home through the front door and demanded money. The suspects forced three of the victims into a bedroom, while they searched the house for loot. Two additional victims came home during the incident and had their hands and feet tied up. The suspects cut one of the victims, a 42 year-old male, on the abdomen with a knife during the incident, causing a superficial injury. The suspects stole cell phones and a small amount of cash before fleeing the residence. The victims then contacted the police, and the stabbing victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment by EMS and was later released.
Investigators conducted several interviews and searched the scene for evidence. Investigators are also reviewing video footage from cameras in the area. At this time, it does not appear to be a random act and there are indications that the suspects may have specifically targeted the victim's residence.
Anyone with information is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.