EPHRATA — A 34-year-old male who allegedly assaulted a female security guard at the Grant County Superior Court lobby in Ephrata, breaking one of her kneecaps and a finger, has been arrested, Ephrata Police Chief Mike Warren said Wednesday evening.
Joshua Maher reportedly entered the Superior Court lobby at around 9:30 a.m. when Jessica Lewis, a security guard with the court, asked him to remove his hands from his pockets. Maher reportedly attacked Lewis, and the ensuing brawl eventually moved outside of the building, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
A second security guard attempted to assist Lewis, but his Taser appeared not to connect with Maher, and he fled on foot.
Ephrata police and sheriff’s deputies commenced a manhunt for Maher, though the K9 portion of the hunt was initially called off when no scent was found after three hours. Ephrata schools were put on modified lockdown until 12:45 p.m., according to a press release from city officials.
Officers eventually located Maher Wednesday afternoon, Warren said. City officials and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the arrest in Facebook posts shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday. “Courthouse security officers are part of our family, and if you hurt one of them, you can expect that our family won’t stop looking until we catch you,” Sheriff Tom Jones said in a statement.