Aggravated Assault on Police Officer / Resisting Arrest / Flight to Avoid Apprehension Arrest, 12:40 p.m., Saturday, July 10, 2021, 1201 Millersville Pike – Lancaster Township Community Park (LT) – Rashawn Maliek Melendez, M/27, of Lancaster, PA, was charged with the above offenses after officers received a tip about him being a person wanted by the East Hempfield Township Police Department, for Receiving Stolen Property. Officers located Melendez sitting on a bench in the park and advised him he was under arrest. Melendez fled on foot and officers began to chase him. After one (1) officer grabbed onto Melendez’s arm, he spun around and struck the officer in the face. The pursuit continued a short distance until Melendez fell. Once on the ground, he surrendered, and was able to be taken into custody. He was processed on the above charges and taken to Central Arraignment to answer to the additional warrant and these charges. A criminal complaint was filed.
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