Trial ahead for woman accused of helping Trev Jackson
One of three woman accused of hindering the apprehension of a would-be cop-shooter is now facing trial, but her attorney said he hopes to get the case dismissed by a York County Court judge.
Trev Bowies Jackson II remains a wanted man. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.
He is accused of firing a pistol three times directly at the face of Northern York County Regional Police Officer Lynn Anderson during a 10 p.m. Nov. 22 traffic stop along Route 30 in Manchester Township.
Anderson, 29, somehow avoided being shot and returned fire as Jackson fled in a vehicle, wounding the fugitive, police have said.
Police in early March filed charges against three women for allegedly hindering the apprehension of Jackson — Cristina Perez, Cathilia Laureano and Xeomarie Velez-Quinones.
Perez, 23, of 223 Park St. in York City, appeared before District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf on Thursday afternoon for her preliminary hearing.
Legal argument: No testimony was taken, but defense attorney Bill Graff argued the case should be dismissed because Perez's actions did nothing to prevent or hinder Jackson's capture. Charging documents state she told police she hadn't been "involved in any police-related incidents" on Nov. 22 and didn't know Jackson.
Graff said that while Perez did say that to police, she immediately recanted and told the truth when threatened with arrest. She was in a car with Perez, he acknowledged, but had just met him.
"How is that hindering apprehension?" Graff asked. "None of this rises to the level of hindering apprehension — nothing. ... It violates her rights."
But senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake argued Perez initially provided false information to police.
Oberdorf agreed and determined enough evidence exists for Perez to stand trial. He forwarded the case to York County Court.
Graff said he has already drafted a motion to file in county court with a common pleas judge that will seek to have the charges tossed. Asked whether he believes that motion will prevail, Graff said, "Depends on the judge."
Laureano and Velez-Quinones have not yet had their preliminary hearings.
The background: Within hours of the gunfire, Northern Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel spoke about how grave the encounter was and how close Anderson came to being murdered.
"I want the public to know and understand that this is a dangerous man," he said of Jackson. "He tried to kill our police officer."
Anderson had pulled over Jackson at the Manchester Crossroads Shopping Center for suspected DUI, police have said. He smelled marijuana coming from Jackson's Buick LeSabre and noticed Jackson appeared to be under the influence of drugs, charging documents state.
Police have released footage from Anderson's dashboard camera, which shows Anderson asking Jackson for his driver's license, which Jackson threw out past the officer. Bentzel said he doesn't know whether Jackson was hoping Anderson would retrieve the license, perhaps giving Jackson time to either flee or shoot the officer from behind.
But Anderson — who followed all proper protocols and departmental policy — wasn't distracted, Bentzel said. He instead ordered Jackson out of the car and started to handcuff him.
Returned fire: Jackson initially appeared to cooperate, but quickly turned and fired three times at Anderson's face with a .380-caliber handgun, police said. Anderson dove out of the way and returned fire, squeezing off seven rounds, Bentzel said. The Buick was struck with four bullets, two each in the driver door and driver window, the chief said.
Jackson was shot in the left hand when Anderson returned fire, according to police.
He was on state parole on drug and gun charges at the time of the traffic stop. He was released from state prison March 19, 2015, according to the state Department of Corrections.
Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the capture of Jackson, who Bentzel warned is armed and dangerous.
Jackson, 24, of 114 E. College Ave., remains a fugitive on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault on a police officer and reckless endangerment. He is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess firearms.
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