Arrests made related to arson/riot Lancaster Bureau of Police station 9/14/2020

***This press release has been edited to reflect updates on the information released to the public. Those edits/updates for September 15, 2020 are:

Booking photos that were not included in the original release have been added.

Bail information that was not available at time of the original release has been added. 

Charges of Criminal Conspiracy for Arson, Riot, Institutional Vandalism, Failure to Disperse, Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages, Disorderly Conduct and Defiant Trespass has been added to the complaints for defendants.

Through the course of the investigation on Monday September 14, 2020 additional suspects were identified from the riot that occurred during the overnight hours of 9/13- 9/14. An additional (4) adult suspects and (1) juvenile suspect were charged with offenses related to the riot. All (5) additional suspects were taken into custody during the afternoon and evening hours of September 14, 2020. The additional (5) suspects will be added to the release after Taylor Enterline's information. Bail information for the (4) additional adult suspects was not available as of 0930 hrs. September 15, 2020 as they are awaiting arraignment. 

As we reported earlier this morning: https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/lbop/19659/post/use-chemical-agents-l...

The disorder outside the Police station escalated as suspects continued to throw items at Police Officers as well as cause damage to the Police station, a parked vehicle and the front of the US Post Office building. We have also been receiving calls all morning from downtown business owners as they discovered damage from vandalism to their businesses. 

Officers continued the use of chemical munitions in efforts to disperse the rioters as the suspects piled street signs, trash cans, a metal dumpster, a metal bike rack, pieces of plywood and a wooden pallet at the intersection of N. Prince St. and W. Chestnut St. The suspects filled the dumpster with additional trash bags, as well as the wood, and set the contents on fire. 

Officers made a total of (8) arrests ( The updated total is 12 adults and 1 juvenile ) related to the arson/riot outside of the Police station. The arrests were made at approximately 0300 hrs. and shortly thereafter. All suspects arrested were transported to the Lancaster Bureau of Police station for processing and to be held for arraignment. (4) of the (8) suspects are from outside of Lancaster County. (2) of the suspects were armed with handguns during the protest and riot. Those handguns were recovered by Officers after the arrests. (Only Montague was charged with an offense related to illegal possession of firearm)

As of the time of this press release not all of the suspects have completed the booking process and their booking photos are not yet available. This release will be updated when those photos are available. Not all suspects have been arraigned and bail information may not yet be available. All charges were filed by Lt. Phil Berkhiser. 

We continue to receive information regarding streaming video that was posted overnight during the protests and riot. Our Detectives will be reviewing several hours of on-line video as well as surveillance video in an effort to identify additional suspects. Additional charges are likely to be filed. Any additional charges filed will be published in the form of a supplemental press release. 

Arrested were:

Jamal Shariff Newman M/24

Homeless- Lancaster, PA 

Charged with Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Loitering and Prowling at Night (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

Newman was on probation at the time of his arrest and a detainer will lodged against him. Newman was armed with a handgun during the riot but it was carried/displayed in a lawfully prescribed manner. No charges have been filed in relation to the handgun. 

Newman was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. 


Barry Jones M/30

700 blk. Chesterbrook Dr. York, PA 

Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

Jones was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. 


Yoshua Dwayne Montague M/23

200 blk. Friendship Ave.  York, PA 

Charged with: Firearms Not To Be Carried Without a License (F3), Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges except Firearms Not To Be Carred is included on the complaint)

Montague was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.

Matthew Modderman M/31

100 blk. N. Prince St. Lancaster, PA 

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

Modderman was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.


Talia Gessner F/18

2600 blk. Woodmont Dr. York, PA 

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

Gessner was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. 

Kathryn Patterson F/20

100 blk. Academy Dr. Mercersburg, PA 

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3).(additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

Patterson was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail. 


Taylor Enterline F/20

1st blk. N. Laurel St. Manheim, PA

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

Enterline was held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.


T-Jay Fry M/28

900 blk. E. Walnut St. Lancaster, PA

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

**Awaiting Arraignment on 9/15/2020. Bail information is not available as of 0930 hrs. **


Dylan Davis M/28

300 blk. Washington Ave. Ephrata, PA 

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

**Awaiting Arraignment on 9/15/2020. Bail information is not available as of 0930 hrs. **


Lee Alexander Wise M/29

100 blk. Lynwood Ct. Camp Hill, PA 

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

**Awaiting Arraignment on 9/15/2020. Bail information is not available as of 0930 hrs. **


Jessica Marie Lopez F/32

400 blk. E. Marion St. Lancaster, PA 

Charged with: Charged with: Arson (F1), Institutional Vandalism (F3), Riot (F3), Failure to Disperse (M2), Obstructing Highways and Other Public Passages (M3), Disorderly Conduct (M3) and Defiant Trespass (M3). (additional counts of Criminal Conspiracy for all charges is included on the complaint)

**Awaiting Arraignment on 9/15/2020. Bail information is not available as of 0930 hrs. **


Juvenile Male 16 years of age

Lancaster, PA 

A juvenile allegation was filed before Lancaster County Juvenile Probation for Riot (F3), Disorderly Conduct (M3), Possessing Instruments of Crime (M1), Possession Small Amount Marijuana (M), Propulsion of Missles onto a Roadway (M2), Institutional Vandalism (M2)

All persons accused of a crime are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.