LANCASTER—A man was robbed and pistol-whipped by two bandits Tuesday evening. It happened around 7pm in the area of North Cherry and East Lemon Streets. The victim said he was approached by two black males as he walked on the 100 block of East Lemon and as they stepped onto North Cherry, one of the men grabbed him and pointed a gun at him. The robber took a small amount of cash from him and then the second suspect punched the victim. The suspect with the gun hit the victim in the head with the gun several times. The he fired three shots at the victim. The victim was not hit by any of the shots, but did suffer a one-inch laceration to his forehead.
Security at Lancaster General Hospital observed the suspects on surveillance video in the area of Spruce and Lime Street, heading toward Park Avenue. Minutes later, officers saw two individuals matching the suspect descriptions in the 300 blockk of New Holland Avenue. The suspects ran away when the police officers tried to stop them. One suspect was seen removing a handgun from his waistband as he was jumping over a fence. Additional officers responding to the area caught the suspect. The victim of the robbery confirmed the suspect was the one who robbed and assaulted and shot at him. He is Paul Edward Pilgrim Jr., 21, of the 200 block of North Franklin Street in Lancaster.
Pilgrim is charged with the following offenses: Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy to commit Robbery, and Firearms not to be carried without a license. Pilgrim is cooling his heels in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
The second suspect is still at large. He is described as a black male, around 23-27 years old, about 5'8"-5'10" tall, 160-200 lbs, sporting a goatee and sideburns, last seen wearing a white t-shirt with a thermal shirt underneath, black shorts, black socks, black high top sneakers.