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2 arrested after police chase in Lancaster

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Matthew Hill, left, and Michael Maldonado Matthew Hill, left, and Michael Maldonado
LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Lancaster man suspected in two bank robberies ignored numerous stop signs and red lights, damaged several vehicles, and broke into a woman's home as he tried to get away from authorities Monday night, according to city police.

Matthew Hill, 29, was wanted in connection with robberies in Berks and York counties and on a state parole warrant when officers began following his silver Dodge Neon in the area of Queen Chestnut streets, police said in a news release.

Officers were also looking for his passenger, 27-year-old Michael Maldonado of Lancaster, who was wanted for firing a handgun at his ex-girlfriend earlier in the day in the 400 block of Manor Street, police said.

As officers followed the Dodge, police said Hill called 911 and reported a false shooting that required emergency crews to respond to the area of South Ann and Dauphin streets.

The officers then attempted to stop the Neon, but Hill took off at a high speed and failed to stop at 26 stop signs and four red lights, and drove the wrong direction on four one-way streets, police said.

He also struck an occupied vehicle at the intersection of Filbert and Popular streets, and two unoccupied vehicles in the 600 block of St. Joseph Street, all while his operating privileges were suspended - an offense for which he has been convicted seven times, police said.

He fled on foot after the second crash, went into the home of a 32-year-old woman and tried to stop her from leaving, according to police. The woman eventually was able to escape and officers entered the home and took Hill into custody.

Hill was charged with fleeing and eluding, burglary, flight to avoid apprehension, false imprisonment, false alarms, and numerous summary offenses. He was placed in Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Maldonado was taken into custody immediately after the crash and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault and firearms offenses. His bail at the prison was set at $200,000.

 

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