Lititz man headed for trial in New Year’s rampage

By on March 12, 2014

A Lititz man is headed for trial for an alleged New Year’s Day rampage that involved a robbery of a pizza deliveryman and a car crash with a police cruiser.

However, William Gustafson Jr.’s attorney said he intends to arrange a guilty plea deal on the numerous charges, according to an Intelligencer Journal article.

Gustafson, 20, waived preliminary hearings last week on many of the charges. In turn, District Judge Ed Tobin bound the cases for trial in Lancaster County Court.

Defense attorney Steven Breit said Gustafson wasn’t in the right state of mind during the bizarre chain of events on Jan. 1.

Police allege Gustafson broke into a camper and a shed in Warwick Township, then robbed a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver in Lititz, the article said.

Gustafson then fled police, eventually crashing his car into a Columbia police cruiser, according to charging documents.

A preliminary hearing on the Columbia chase and crash is scheduled for March 18. Breit said he intends to begin talks then with prosecutors of a potential plea agreement.

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