Another Arrested on Felony Riot and Arson Charges in Downtown Lancaster [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF THE ALLEGED CRIMES]
An additional suspect in the violent riots in downtown Lancaster Sept. 13-14 was arrested Wednesday, according to the Lancaster Police.
Christopher Joseph Vazquez, 31, of Lancaster was charged with two felony counts of institutional vandalism for throwing bricks at and damaging a vehicle registered to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Here’s the incident as it happened.
Violence erupted late Sept. 13 and early Sept. 14 in downtown Lancaster city, as BLM and antifa clashed with law enforcement near the Lancaster Police headquarters on Chestnut.
About 1,000 had gathered in a protest after Lancaster police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call on Sunday afternoon were forced to shoot a knife-wielding attacker, Ricardo Munoz, 27, a violent felon with a history of stabbing four people including an adolescent.
Protesters began gathering Sunday evening but it wasn’t until after 9:30 p.m. that violence began erupting, with protesters taunting the police, accosting white passerbys, throwing rock and bricks and edging up the access ramp at the Bureau of Police headquarters.
That’s when it became a riot. It was not a peaceful protest.
Late in the violent overnight riots in downtown Lancaster on September 13-14, police charged into the crowd targeting those identified as ringleaders and instigators.
Thirteen were arrested and initially faced $1 million bail. Bails were since reduced or modified.
Vazquez also lit an umbrella on fire and placed it inside the vehicle through a broken window. The damage to the vehicle is estimated in excess of $16,000, police said.
Vazquez also threw bricks at the Lancaster Bureau of Police station front door, shattering the glass front door. The damage to the station was estimated at $6,000.
Vazquez was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor institutional vandalism for throwing bricks at and damaging the front door of the US Post Office building on the 1st block of W. Chestnut St. That damage is estimated to be less than $5,000.
Vazquez also threw bricks at and damaged vehicles registered to the Lancaster Parking Authority on the 1st block of W. Orange St. The estimated damage to those vehicles was approximately $1,100.
Vazquez was charged with felony arson for placing the burning umbrella inside the vehicle registered to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Vazquez was also charged with felony riot failure to disperse and disorderly conduct
On Wednesday detectives and officers arrested Vazquez’ at his residence on Campbell Avenue without incident.
Vazquez was later arraigned on the complaint and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the police department release.
The investigation into the riotous behavior, violence and property destruction that occurred on September 13-14 is on-going, police said.
Detectives are conducting interviews, reviewing surveillance video, and tips sent in by the public. Anyone with information on these incidents or the identities of additional suspects is asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717-735-3301 or Lancaster Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913,. You can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.