WEST EARL TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
157 W. Metzler Road
Brownstown, PA 17508
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Assault on a Police Officer, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest,
Disorderly Conduct & Other Offensives
Akron Borough, Pa – A Lancaster male was arrested and charged with numerous criminal and traffic related offensives after he was stopped for a traffic offense.
On October 12, 2021 at 5:43AM, Officer Justin Cruce observed a male operating a homemade moped bike in the 300 block of S. 7th Street in Akron Borough. Officer Cruce observed a traffic violation and stopped the said moped bike in the first block of N. 7th Street. The moped rider immediately refused to provide Officer Cruce with his information and information regarding the moped.
Officer Cruce attempted to detain the individual so that the individual could be properly identified. The individual, later identified as Robert Vargas (35 YOA) started to resist Officer Cruce and another WEPD officer. Vargas fought with WEPD officers while they tried to handcuff him, causes minor injuries to the Officers. Officers deployed a Taser on Vargas to gain compliance before Vargas finally gave up, allowing Officer to handcuff Vargas without further incident.
Vargas was transported back to WEPD’s station where charges were completed. Officer Cruce charged Vargas with the following criminal and traffic violations, (1) count of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (F2), (1) count of Obstructing administration of Law (M2), (1) count of Resisting Arrest (M2), Disorderly Conduct (M3), (1) count of Exhibiting Driver’s License on Demand (S), (1) count of Driving While Suspended (S), (1) count of Operating Vehicle Without Insurance (S), (1) count of Driving an Unregistered Vehicle (S), (1) count of General Lighting Requirements (S).
Vargas was transported to Lancaster County Prison, where he awaited to be formally arraigned in front of a Magisterial District Judge.
The public and media are reminded that all criminal charges are merely accusations and all subjects are innocent until proven guilty.
Jordan Byrnes, Public Information Officer