Lancaster pub owner, 4 others charged in assault

Anthony Maglietta

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A city pub owner and four others face charges after police said they beat a man so badly early Christmas morning that the victim now has memory lapses and trouble speaking and walking.

Anthony Maglietta, the owner of Molly’s Pub in the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, also is accused of obstructing the investigation and tampering with evidence.

Police said Maglietta, Raymond Lee, Joshua Ellis, Alexander Rodriguez-Cruz, and Francisco G. Camacho struck, punched and kicked the 30-year-old victim in the 200 block of North Shippen Street, in the area of Molly’s Pub carry-out.

Top: Raymond Lee (left) and Joshua Ellis. Bottom: Alexander Rodriguez-Cruz, and Francisco G. Camacho.

Officers found the intoxicated victim after he caused a disturbance in the foyer of an apartment building a half-block from the pub. He had a cut to the back of his head, two black eyes, facial lacerations, a broken nose, and a brain bleed, but he could not tell officers how he sustained the injuries.

Police said surveillance video showed Maglietta, Lee, and at least one other person assaulting the man.

Officers told Maglietta that Lee, one of his employees, may have been involved in an assault. They asked him to review his own video, but after several days, Maglietta told the officers his cameras didn’t capture anything.

When the video was obtained by search warrant, however, police said it showed not only Maglietta, Lee, and two others assaulting the man, but Maglietta purposely turning the city camera out of view.

Maglietta, 43, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, obstructing administration of law, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was arrested Jan 5. and sent to Lancaster County Prison on $300,000 bail, which he posted.

Police have an arrest warrant for Lee, 39, and Ellis, 32. Rodriguez-Cruz and Camacho are in custody. Each is charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy. Lee also is charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, and Camacho is charged with robbery for allegedly removing items from the victim’s pockets during the assault.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ellis or Raymond should call Lancaster police at (717) 735-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913.

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