On Wednesday, 11/16/2011, at approximately 4:00 AM, the Cumberland Police responded to the 400 block of Mechanic Street after receiving a call for a subject who had been assaulted. When Officers arrived they located the victim, who was suffering from several stab wounds to the chest, neck, and head area. The Cumberland Fire Department ambulance also responded and began immediate treatment of the victim's wounds. The victim was then transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center for further medical treatment.
Officers were able to obtain limited information from the 52 year old male victim, but did learn that he was working as a cab driver at the time of the assault. According to the victim, he had picked up a fare in front of Rose's Department Store earlier that morning, and while transporting him, the suspect attacked him with an unknown sharp edged weapon. The suspect then took an undisclosed sum of cash and fled on foot.
The victim described the suspect as a black male, but could provide no further information about the suspect's physical characteristics or the clothing being worn by the suspect.
A Cumberland Police Department K-9 Officer and dog responded to the scene. A search was conducted of the area, but the suspect was not located at that time.
Members of the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit (C3I) also responded to assist in the investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to contact the C3I Unit, at 301-777-0326, or the Cumberland Police, at 301-777-1600. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Allegany/Mineral County Crime Solvers hot line, at 301-722-4200, where callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.00 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for this crime.
Waynesboro Police Department:
On November 15th, 2011 at 0245 hours the Waynesboro Police Department was dispatched to check Unit block of N. Potomac St. for a Hispanic male reportedly in mental distress.
Upon arrival contact was made with a Manuel Javier Ledezma (22 y.o.a.) of 95 West Main Street; Waynesboro, Pennsylvania staggering on the sidewalk in the area of the 25 N. Potomac St. (Trinity House). After speaking with Ledezma it was determined he was intoxicated. A strong odor of alcohol coming from his person, his balance was unsteady. Ledezma had a fat lip and some scratches on his right shoulder.
Contact was made with a Joshua Ledezma (19 y.o.a.) of 95 West Main Street; Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, brother of Manuel Ledezma. It was determined the injuries came from Manuel falling down from his state of intoxication.
While speaking with Manuel he mentioned that probation had been by their residence looking for his brother Joshua. He stated that Joshua was planning on turning himself in sometime in the morning.
Franklin County Probation wanted Manuel Ledezma taken into custody for a probation violation. Through the course of the investigation it was determined Joshua Ledezma had a small amount of marijuana. Joshua was placed under arrest for the possession of a small amount of marijuana. Franklin County Communication confirmed Franklin County Probation wanted Joshua Ledezma taken into custody for a probation violation.
Both Joshua and Manuel were transported back to the station and later picked up by Probation and taken to Franklin County Jail. Manuel Ledezma was issued a citation for public intoxication and Joshua Ledeza is charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana.
On November 15, 2011 the Waynesboro Police Department I was dispatched to 105 State Hill Road, The Red Roof Storage II, for the report of a burglary of items in a storage garage.
The complainant showed where someone had cut the lock to his storage unit. A spool of phone wire was missing. Upon checking other storage units it was discovered other storage units had been broken into. It was determined ten units were broken into.