Police: Lancaster man assaulted officer during escape
Police say a Lancaster man assaulted an officer while fleeing earlier this month.
Northeastern Regional Police say Edgar Rosado Jr. ran from an officer during a traffic stop. While fleeing, he ended up elbowing another officer in the neck, ribs and arms, court documents allege.
Rosado, 23, of 474 High St., is charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
Stopped vehicle: According to charging documents, a white Mercedes was seen driving erratically in the area of Spring Meadows Drive in East Manchester Township about 7:30 p.m. July 9.
An officer arrived in the area and found the car parked, police said. When the officer arrived, Rosado stepped out of the passenger side back seat, and police said he seem startled.
He then began walking toward the passenger side front door, police said, but the officer asked him to wait in front of the vehicle so he could talk to another passenger in the car.
Police say the woman in the car looked like a minor and was much younger than Rosado. The officer asked her if she was OK, police said. She would later tell police she was not being held against her will.
When police spoke with the woman, documents state that Rosado then walked to the driver's side door.
"Rosado gave me a glare as if thinking about what he was going to do," Sgt. Arthur Archambeault wrote in charging documents.
Gun, Taser pulled: Rosado was asked to not to open the door, and police say he continued to dig in the driver's side compartment area.
Archambeault wrote that he thought Rosado was going for a gun, which caused him to point his pistol at him. Rosado continued to search the compartment area, documents state.
Archambeault then walked around the back of the vehicle toward Rosado and began issuing him commands, police said.
Rosado emerged from the car and raised his hands, and police say he had a cellphone in his hand.
Archambeault holstered his gun and told Rosado to put his hands behind his back, but Rosado started walking away from him, and he began to argue with Archambeault, documents state. Rosado asked what he had done wrong.
Archambeault pointed his Taser at him and told him he was being detained, documents state. Rosado then stopped and Archambeault put his Taser away, and police say Archambeault began to put handcuffs on Rosado.
Rosado continued arguing and began pulling away from Archambeault, police said. Rosado then broke free and began running away on foot, documents allege.
Archambeault radioed for assistance, and three officers responded.
Alleged assault: An officer from Newberry Township who responded found Rosado on North George Street and attempted to take him into custody, police said.
Rosado ran from him, and police say he fought with that officer while the officer was trying to arrest him.
That officer said Rosado elbowed him in the neck, ribs and arms, and he suffered an injury to his toe and ankle area from the encounter, documents state.
Police say Rosado had an outstanding warrant from state police for drug possession and that he is on probation for simple assault.
Rosado was arraigned on the charges that night, and he was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 27 at District Judge Robert Eckenrode's office.
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