LANCASTER – Several suspects were arrested Tuesday evening and two handguns were seized after an erratic car chase ended in a three-hour neighborhood lockdown, authorities said.
The police pursuit stemmed from an armed carjacking that occurred Monday morning (Aug. 19) on the 300 Block of East Avenue K-4, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
The victim told deputies a man held her at gunpoint and stole her white Mitsubishi Diamante and drove westbound on Avenue K in the stolen vehicle, Ruiz said.
Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 20), deputies from the LAN-CAP team were in the area of 5th Street East and Avenue K when they recognized the stolen vehicle, packed with six occupants, Ruiz said.
As the deputies were coordinating a traffic stop, the vehicle took off.
Deputies gave chase, and the fleeing suspects drove into the Sienna Heights apartments near East Avenue K and Kirkland Avenue.
“At different times while the vehicle was evading, different occupants of the vehicle were jumping out of the car and running and hiding from pursuing deputies,” Ruiz said. “The last occupant was the driver, who got out of the car as the vehicle was still moving. He also attemped to evade deputies by hiding somewhere in the complex.”
The abandoned car rolled through a gate and crashed into a garage, Ruiz said.
“Fortunately, no bystanders were injured,” he added.
Deputies contained the area, and after about three hours, they flushed out and arrested five of the suspects.
Lancaster residents Tyjuan Martin, 44, Travis Berdine, 26, Joshua Sewell, 20, Nehemiah Bell, 22, and Anthony Lyons, 22, were booked at the Lancaster Station on carjacking charges and each jailed on $100,000 bail.
Deputies also arrested Sienna Heights residents Jamall Matthew, 26, and Rhonda Mayfield, 25, for acting as accessories to the fleeing suspects, Ruiz said. One man is still outstanding.
“A stolen semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene and a 9 mm handgun believed to be used in the initial carjacking was also recovered,” Ruiz said.