Confrontation outside Chambersburg bar leads to aggravated assault, more charges

12 March 2024- A Chambersburg man is behind bars today after being accused of assaulting the current boyfriend of his ex with a handgun over the weekend. Anderson A. Lopez-Lantigua is charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and misdemeanor assault. Lopez-Lantigua remains behind bars today on $25,000 bail.

Chambersburg PD were initially dispatched to a location on Hollywell Avenue outside a bar around 3:30am on March 10th for an assault. When they arrived, officers met with the two victims who said they were assaulted leaving the bar earlier that night.

The two victims allegedly told CPD that they had left just before closing time due to one of the victims noticing her ex, Anders Lopez-Lantigua, was also at the bar and to avoid any issues. It should be noted said victim has an active PFA (Protection From Abuse court order) against Lopez-Lantigua. When the victim and her boyfriend left the bar, they say Lopez-Lantigua followed behind them and tried to get her current boyfriend’s attention.

During this incident, CPD believe Lopez-Lantigua had a handgun in his possession and began trying to fight one of the victims (the other’s boyfriend). It was at this point CPD believe Lopez-Lantigua racked the slide on his gun and, as the victim told them, “something fell out of the gun”. CPD also say that during the interaction, one victim was struck in the forehead by the gun, causing a laceration that was bleeding and swollen.

When the two victims entered their vehicle, CPD say that Lopez-Lantigua had pulled up next to them and again threatened them with the handgun. It was at this point the two victims left the area and Lopez-Lantigua didn’t follow.

An active PFA in Pennsylvania restricts the possession of a firearm from the person with whom it’s against. This means that Lopez-Lantigua is unable to possess a firearm under the letter of the law.

Anderson Lopez-Lantigua is behind bars on $25,000 bail.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000055-2024, Incident No.: C202402706