Lancaster Police investigating suspected carjacking, kidnapping case

LANCASTER — UPDATE; Philadelphia Police located the stolen Chevrolet Cruze on the 4500 block of Market Street in Philadelphia Friday evening. Inside the vehicle was Suudimon Washington, 32, of Harrisburg and Antonio Erwin, 34, of Philadelphia.

Washington, police say, was in possession of the victim’s drivers license, and is thought to be the suspect that had abducted and carjacked the victim in Lancaster City. Washington is currently at a detention facility in Philadelphia County, and is currently facing charges of Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Conspiracy and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.

A criminal complaint has also been filed against Washington regarding the Lancaster robbery, charging him with Robbery Motor Vehicle, Robbery, Kidnapping, Possessing Instruments of Crime, Simple Assault/ Physical Menace, Terroristic Threats and Operating Motor Vehicle While Privilege is Suspended.

Police say a warrant will be issued for Washington and he will eventually be extradited to Lancaster County.

Erwin is also in a Philadelphia County detention center and facing charges of Receiving Stolen Propety, Criminal Conspiracy and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle in Philadelphia County, but is not facing any charges in Lancaster County.

Previous Story; Police are investigating a carjacking case that occurred Friday morning in the area of Manor Street and Laurel Street in Lancaster.

According to Lancaster Police, the incident happened around 10:15 a.m.

Police say a caller to 911 reported seeing an unknown black male pull a knife on an older white male and force the victim into a light blue Chevrolet Cruze, similar to the one pictured above. The caller said the vehicle was last seen in the area of Manor Street and Third Street.

Responding officers searched the area, and the Lancaster Safety Coalition checked cameras in the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle and the suspect, police say.

At 10:46 a.m., officers from the Southern Regional Police Department responded to the Circle M Campground on the 2100 block of Millersville Road, where the victim had contacted dispatch. The victim told police the suspect dropped him off at the campground, and was last seen heading south on Route 741 in the stolen vehicle.

The suspect was described as an 18- to 25-year-old, thinly built black male with a beard, who stood about 5-10 to 6-1. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, charcoal-colored or faded pants, and was carrying a backpack.

The suspect displayed a knife to the victim during the robbery, and told the victim that he had guns in the backpack, police say. No guns were seen or displayed, according to police.

The victim’s vehicle is a 2012 Chevolet Cruze bearing Pennsylvania registration HWJ3911. The vehicle was described as light blue in color.