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Wanted bank robber leads police on chase throughout Lancaster before crashing

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 02:58 PM CST
Written by Nate Wardle:

LANCASTER -- Lancaster Police had a busy day on Monday, but finally were able to put a wanted criminal behind bars.

Around 240 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Manor Street in the city for a report of shots fired.  Officers got into contact with a 23-year-old woman who said that she looked out her window and saw her ex-boyfriend, Michael Maldonado, 27 of Lancaster, get out of a car.

When Maldonado got out of the car, he started screaming at the woman.  He then took a gun out of his waist band and fired three shots at the woman.

However, Maldonado has a previous felony conviction, meaning he is not allowed to own or conceal a firearm.  A warrant was issued for his arrest at this time.

Police learned that Maldonado may have been with Matthew Hill, 29 of Lancaster.  Hill was already wanted for two bank robberies, one in Berks County and one in York County.

Around 740 p.m., an officer spotted Hill driving a silver Dodge Neon in the area of Queen Street and Chestnut Street and began following him.  Additional officers headed to the area to assist the officer.

Around the same time, Hill called in a false shooting report in Lancaster City, which required emergency services and police to respond to the area. 

Officers attempted to stop Hill on Queen Street and he fled, lead police throughout the city.

Hill drove at high speeds, ran through 26 stop signs, did not stop at four red lights and drove the wrong way on four one-way streets.  This all occurred while Hill was driving illegally because his license is suspended.  Hill has been convicted of driving with a suspended license seven times previously.

During the pursuit, Hill’s car struck a 1992 Mazda truck at the intersection of Filbert and Popular Streets.  The Neon then struck an unoccupied Chevrolet Cavalier, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and an iron fence.

Hill fled from police into a home in the 600 block of St. Joseph Street.  While inside the home, Hill tried to hold a 32-year-old woman against her will.

Police entered the home and took Hill into custody.  Maldonado was still in the vehicle and was arrested as soon as police caught up to the crashed vehicle. 

Hill faces numerous charges, including fleeing and eluding police, burglary, false imprisonment, false alarm to public safety and many traffic offenses.  He is in Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 4.

Maldonado was placed in Lancaster County Prison on $200,000 bail.Wanted bank robber leads police on chase throughout Lancaster before crashing


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