Fleeing Bank Robber, buddy who shot at ex-girlfriend arrested after wild chase in Lancaster
A Lancaster man is arrested after police say he fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend. It happened Monday afternoon in the 400 block of Manor Street. Police say Michael Maldonado, 27, of the 600 block of West Vine Street, got out of a car in front of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Manor Street around 2:30pm. Maldonado started screaming and yelling at the victim, who was looking out her second floor window. Witnesses tell police Maldonado then reached into his waistband and pulled out a revolver, pointed it at the victim and started shooting. He fired three shots. Then he left the scene. Police issued a warrant for his arrest.
Police got a tip that Maldonado was running with Matthew Hill, 29, of the 500 block of Woodward Street, Lancaster. Hill was wanted in connection with two prior bank robberies that occurred in Berks County and York County. He was also wanted on a PA State Parole warrant.
Police spotted Hill at 7:30pm driving a silver Dodge Neon in the area of Queen Street and Chestnut Street and began following him.
Police say Hill called 911 and reported a false shooting in the area of South Ann and Dauphin Streets, which required emergency services to respond. When they tried to stop Hill in the 800 Block of Queen Street, Hill fled from officers in the silver Dodge Neon. As Hill fled throughout Lancaster City, he committed a litany of infractions, including driving at high speeds, failing to stop at 26 stop signs, failing to stop for four steady red signals, and driving in the wrong direction of travel on four one way streets at various locations in Lancaster City. Hill was operating the silver Dodge Neon while his operating privileges are suspended. He has been convicted seven times previously for this offense.
During the pursuit, Hill’s vehicle struck an occupied 1992 Mazda Truck at the intersection of Filbert Street and Poplar Street. Hill’s car then struck a parked Chevrolet Cavalier, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and an iron fence in the 600 block of St. Joseph Street. Hill then fled on foot and ran into a home in the 600 block of St. Joseph Street. While inside the property Hill attempted to prevent a woman from getting out of the house. The woman was eventually able to escape. Police entered the residence and took Hill into custody. It was discovered that Michael Maldonado was in the passenger seat of the Dodge Neon. Maldonado taken into custody immediately after the vehicle crashed.
Matthew Hill was charged with Fleeing and Eluding Police, Burglary, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, False Imprisonment, False Alarms to Agencies of Public Safety, Accidents Involving Injury or Property Damage to an Occupied Vehicle, and the following Summary Offenses: Twenty-Six Stop Sign violations, Driving Under Suspension, Four Red Light violations, Four counts of One Way Roadways, two counts of Accidents Involving Injury or Property Damage to an Unoccupied Vehicle or Property before MDJ Bruce Roth.
Maldonado was charged with Aggravated Assault Domestic Violence, Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Structure, Carrying Firearm without License, Simple Assault Domestic Violence, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person
Maldonado was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $200,000.00 bail.
Hill was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.