Parking lot assault case bound over in Pa. court

October 20, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., teenager charged with clubbing a man with a pipe in August had his case bound over for court following a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, although Andrew E.T. Snyder's identification by the victim was challenged by his attorney.

Magisterial District Judge Richard Alloway scheduled Snyder's mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court for Wednesday, Nov. 29, on charges of aggravated assault, robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Snyder, 16, of 119 Cleveland Ave., is charged as an adult by Waynesboro police in an assault on Gabriel Lopez of Waynesboro in the Rotary parking lot on the night of Aug. 22.

Lopez, who sustained a brain hemorrhage and was treated at York (Pa.) Hospital, testified through an interpreter that he saw four boys walking as he parked his vehicle to go to his brother's house.


As he was walking to the house on South Church Street, he testified, he heard steps behind him, turned around and was struck with a metal pipe.

"When I fell, I lost consciousness momentarily," Lopez testified. He testified that when he came to, Snyder was kicking him and trying to steal his wallet.

On cross-examination by Assistant Public Defender Ian Brink, Lopez testified he had never seen Snyder before the incident. He said he was in and out of consciousness "three or four times" during the assault and that he "did not see completely" because of his injuries.

Lopez also testified that he did not see Snyder wearing a ski mask.

Corporal John Shindledecker testified he received a report of a fight in progress and found several Hispanic men in the parking lot, one of whom was choking Snyder with a belt. There was a jack handle, a ski mask and a gym bag containing a shirt in the parking lot, he testified.

Shindledecker testified Snyder admitted to having the jack handle and appeared to have blood spatter on his shorts and sneakers.

There were other witnesses on hand to testify, but Assistant District Attorney Bret Beynon called only Lopez and Shindledecker.

Brink questioned Lopez's identification of Snyder and asked Alloway to dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. Beynon countered that not only had Lopez identified Snyder, but cited Shindledecker's testimony that Snyder admitted to having the pipe and had suspected blood on his clothing.

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