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Run-off candidate arrested, accused of assault

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Gary J. Citizen Gary J. Citizen

LANCASTER - District 2 run-off candidate Gary J. Citizen was arrested Saturday, May 28 when officers arrived at his residence on the 1300 block of Houston School Road at 10:01 a.m.

According  to reports obtained from the Lancaster Police Department, Citizen was charged with assault causing family bodily injury, family violence, a Class A misdemeanor and transported to the Tri-City Jail.

Incident reports claim Citizen and his wife were having a conversation about their trucking business and fuel prices when things got out of hand.

Citizen’s wife, the complainant, claimed her husband slapped her on the left side of her face and then put his hand on her face and shoved her before picking up a wire decorative basket and hitting her with it.

Ms. Citizen also stated to police she scratched her husband on the neck somewhere trying to defend herself.

Reports show officers observed swelling on Ms. Citizen’s left hand and wrist as well as on the other side of her forearm.

Citizen stated he tried to leave but, his wife started taking pictures off the wall, throwing them at him. He did state he pushed her and she scratched him on the back of the neck.

Officers observed scratches on the right side of Citizen’s neck and on the back of his right hand and believed Mr. Citizen was the primary aggressor. 

Both parties refused medical attention. 

Citizen, 50, had just been declared in the run-off election for Saturday, June 18 against Stanley Jaglowski at the Monday, May 23 Lancaster city council meeting.


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