Police standoff ends in charges

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By Chris Sardelli

A tense, hour-long standoff between an irate man and police officers ended with the man’s arrest for a series of assaults. 

Matthew Holmes, 42, 101 N. Market St., was arrested Saturday, Oct. 19, on charges of aggravated criminal domestic violence, assaulting an officer while resisting arrest, and three counts of malicious injury to property, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant. 

The standoff started after officers responded to a domestic dispute at a home in the 100 block of North Market Street just after 2 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

There, they spoke with a 41-year-old woman who said Holmes had called her earlier that day and asked to see her, as well as her 2-year-old child. 

Soon after arriving, both the victim and Holmes began to argue. Holmes then allegedly struck the woman in the face, chased her from the home and tripped her, the report said. 

“(The victim) then said Holmes began picking up rocks (about 2 inches in diameter) and throwing them at her,” an officer wrote in the report. 

Officers noticed damage on the roofs and doors of two nearby vehicles caused by the rocks. 

With the woman’s child still inside the house, officers approached and spoke with Holmes. 

“Holmes refused to open the door and began yelling profanity at me, stating ‘If you don’t get off my property, I’m going to (expletive) kill you,’” an officer wrote in the report. 

An officer continued to negotiate with Holmes and noticed there were three other people inside the home, including a woman and two children. 

The officers then set up a perimeter around the house. 

“Holmes then exited the house by the front door, grabbed a metal-framed lawn chair weighing approximately 30 pounds and threw the chair at me,” an officer wrote in the report. “I attempted to dodge the chair, but was struck on my left leg just below my knee.”

Holmes ran back inside the house, but returned minutes later, along with the child, telling the child to walk toward the officers, the report said. 

After an officer grabbed the child, Holmes again exited the home. 

He then picked up and threw a metal jack stand, narrowly missing officers, the report said. 

Holmes eventually walked back outside and allowed officers to arrest him. 

During their trip to the police department, Holmes pounded his head on the partition and kicked the top of the passenger door, causing it to bend about 5 inches outside of the door frame, the report said. 

Estimated damage to the patrol car is $2,000, while total damage to the other two cars is $1,000, the report said. 

Grant said the woman and child escaped relatively unscathed and the officer’s injuries were minor. 

“The officer was struck with a chair on the leg. He was not seriously injured, but did sustain some contact injuries,” Grant said. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416