Citizen aids police in Manchester Twp. foot chase

David Weissman
Esteban Samuel Martinez Velaquez

Northern York County Regional Police got some citizen help Sunday afternoon that the Pittsburgh Steelers probably wished they'd had against the Baltimore Ravens.

With one officer pursuing two teenagers on foot through backyards in Manchester Township, a witness jumped in to help and tackled one about the same time the officer tackled the other, according to Lt. David Lash.

At about 1:10 p.m. Sunday, the Northern Regional officer attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of North George Street and West 11th Avenue for going straight in a right turn-only lane, according to Lash.

The driver of the vehicle, a 16-year-old York City boy, did not stop for the officer and, after a brief pursuit, the driver and passenger abandoned the vehicle on East 8th Avenue, attempting to evade the officer by running through backyards, according to a department press release.

The chase went through "several" backyards, Lash said, before the officer and citizen were able to catch up and tackle the teens. Both were taken to Central Booking.

The teen tackled by the officer, 18-year-old Esteban Samuel Martinez Velaquez, was in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun, according to the release. The ownership and status of the handgun are still being determined.

Velaquez, of the 300 block of West King Street in York, was arraigned on charges of Firearms Not to Be Carried Without a License, Prohibited Offensive Weapons and Criminal Mischief.

The 16-year-old was charged with the felony Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and numerous traffic violations.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Northern Regional at (717) 292-3647.