Lancaster County Police arrest man in connection with 2014 homicide

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Mathew Morales

Lancaster County officials say they were able to solve a murder case from last year after they reconstructed the crime.

On Wednesday, officials charged Mathew Morales in the death of Xavier Garriga. Investigators say the shootings stemmed from an argument they had at the Turkey Hill on New Holland Avenue in Manheim Township in June.

Police say Morales followed him in a car and shot him. Garriga later died at Lancaster General Hospital. Surveillance video along with tipsters eventually led to Morales’ arrest.

District Attorney Craig Stedman says simple math and science helped place Morales at the crime scene.

“We were able to estimate where Mr. Garriga would have been in the time frame it would have taken Mr. Morales to go into his car and get there. We know exactly where he fell because he would have been paralyzed in that moment in time from when he was shot. We know that no other cars would have been coming from each direction on New Holland Avenue at the time he would have been shot in that vicinity other than Mr. Morales’ car,” said Lancaster County District Attorney, Craig Stedman.

Morales is being held at Lancaster County Prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next month.