Officers arrested Joshua J. Luciano M/18 of South Ann Street, Lancaster, after he attacked a Manheim Township Police Officer during a crash investigation in the 1400 Block of Harrisburg Pike on December 31, 2018. At 2:22 p.m., the officer had been on the scene of the two-car crash for about an hour when Luciano - one of the drivers - suddenly became uncooperative and punched the officer in the face several times, headbutted him, and then attempted to choke him. The other driver and a passing motorist saw what was occurring and assisted the officer, who was able to call for help on his radio. As the struggle continued, Luciano's 17 year old girlfriend punched the officer in the head and attempted to break Luciano free. Numerous officers from three jurisdictions responded to the "officer needs assistance" call, and both Luciano and the female were taken into custody. During transport and while in custody at the police station, Luciano continued to fight with officers, including spitting on them and kicking them.
The officer involved in the initial incident was treated at Lancaster General Hospital and released with minor injuries.
Luciano was charged with the following: two counts of Aggravated Assault, a felony; Strangulation; two counts of Resisting Arrest; three counts of Harassment; Corruption of Minors; Simple Assault; and two counts of Aggravated Harassment by a Prisoner, a felony. He was taken to Central Booking where he was arraigned by MDJ Chudzik and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The juvenile was charged with the following: Aggravated Assault, a felony; Resisting Arrest; and Harassment. She was committed to the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center.
Chief Thomas Rudzinski stated: "This incident illustrates the dangers that our officers face every day and the lack of respect that some people have for law enforcement. The officer was performing one of the most basic tasks our officers handle, when he was suddenly attacked. I am thankful for the assistance provided by the officers and agencies who responded to assist the officer, and I am also appreciative of the civilians who jumped in to help when they saw trouble. I spoke with the officer today, and he reports that he is doing fine."