Lancaster Murder Suspect Turns Himself In

Steffen Vadoria TidwellSteffen Vadoria Tidwell (Submitted Image)

LANCASTER, PA — The Lancaster Bureau of Police arrested Steffen Vadoria Tidwell on Monday, August 23rd, 2021. Tidwell turned himself into Lancaster City Police Detectives at the Lancaster City Police Station and is being held for arraignment.

Authorities report that on August 20, 2021, at approximately 10:12 pm, officers from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to the 600 block of Hebrank Street for a reported shooting.  Officers arrived at the scene and found a male victim, with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. The victim was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment, but died of his injuries.  Police identified the victim as 26-year-old Jomar Almestica, of York, PA.

Investigators interviewed witnesses and were told that there had been a party at a residence in the 600 block of Hebrank Street. Investigators were also told that an argument took place between the suspect and the victim. During the argument, the suspect pointed a handgun and fired multiple gunshots at Almestica, striking him in the torso, arms and legs. Investigators were able to identify the suspect and charged Steffen Vadoria Tidwell with one count of Criminal Homicide and one count of Discharging a Firearm in the City of Lancaster, a summary ordinance violation.

Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on their website,, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.

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