Blocked fire hydrant leads to arrest of Lancaster man on gun charges

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Angel Perez

LANCASTER, Pa. – A vehicle blocking a fire hydrant leads to the arrest of a Lancaster man on multiple charges of illegal gun possession.

At about 12:38 pm Friday, a city police officer on patrol in the 700 block of Rockland encountered a vehicle that was parked blocking a fire hydrant. The only occupant of the vehicle was the driver, identified as Angel L. Perez, 38, of the 500 block of East Chestnut Street. The patrol officer also noticed an odor of marijuana from the interior of the vehicle.

Perez was found to have two outstanding Summary warrants for his arrest.  As he was being taken into custody, it was discovered that Perez had a .40 caliber semi-automatic Smith & Wesson, handgun concealed in the waistband of his pants.

Perez is prohibited from possessing or owning any firearm due to a prior criminal conviction. A search of his person also yielded a small amount of marijuana.

Charges against Perez include Persons not to Possess Firearms, Firearms not to be carried without a License, Possession Small Amount Marijuana  and Operation of  a Motor Vehicle while suspended license.

Perez was being held for arraignment on the charges.

\It was the 17th firearms related arrest made by the Lancaster City Police in 2016.