Jan 24, 2010
An 18-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., teenager and a 16-year-old Lancaster boy were arrested and charged with three robberies committed within two hours Friday in the city.
Taken into custody along with the 16-year-old was Spencer Alexander Bryant, 18, a New York man police said was staying at a residence in the 500 block of South Prince Street.
On Saturday night, criminal investigators were continuing to look for a third robber said to have taken part in the first two robberies.
Police gave the following account of the crimes:
The first happened about 1:45 p.m. Friday when three males wearing dark clothing accosted a Franklin & Marshall College student walking on campus near a coffee shop and threatened to stab him if he did not give up his iPod, cellular phone and money.
The second incident took place about 2 p.m. as another student was walking in the 400 block of Lancaster Avenue. The same males ordered him to hand over his iPod, phone and cash or get beat up.
At about 3:50 p.m. a 14-year-old Lancaster boy reported that his iPod was taken from him in the 200 block of North Broad Street after two robbers threatened to beat him.
The victims all complied and handed over their valuables, police said. No injuries were reported.
Armed with good descriptions of the robbers, officers searched the area and found the two suspects in the basement of barber shop in the 400 block of East King Street police said; an iPod from one of the earlier robberies was discovered hidden between two water heaters.
Bryant and the 16-year-old were taken into custody for the Broad Street robbery, police said.
Detectives later determined that the boys were directly involved in the earlier robberies, police said.
According to police, detectives returned to the barber shop and found the iPod from the third robbery and other evidence hidden in the basement. Investigators also recovered one of the other stolen phones at a city residence.
Bryant and the Lancaster boy were each charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, police said.
Bryant was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail and the youth was committed to the Youth Intervention Center, according to police.
Detectives said they believe family or friends might have helped the third suspect flee the area after the arrests.
Police cautioned people to be aware of their surroundings and limit distractions, such as texting, phone calls or playing music at excessive volumes.
Anyone with information about these or any other robberies is urged to call police at 735-3300.
ASSAULT: Campus police are investigating the report of an assault on a student Friday at Millersville University.
"There was an alleged sexual assault last night on campus," MU spokeswoman Janet Kacskos said Saturday.
The report of an attack came from a third party, she added. "The alleged victim" was not providing any information to the school, "but it's under investigation."
DUI: Erika M. Delafuente, 24, Lancaster, was arrested for driving under the influence after she was stopped on Manheim Pike for a traffic violation at 1:23 a.m. Saturday, Manheim Township police said.
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS: Timothy Meredith, 31, Lancaster, was arrested for public drunkenness after police stopped him for a traffic violation at Marietta Avenue and Silver Springs Road at 1:44 a.m. Thursday, West Hempfield Township police said.
ASSAULT: Philip Johnson, 35, Kinzers, was arrested for simple assault and harassment following a domestic dispute at 12:15 a.m. Saturday in the 5300 block of Mine Road, Salisbury Township, state police at Lancaster said.
HARASSMENT: State police at Ephrata accused Lismarie Laguna-Ortiz, 20, Reading, with pulling a 24-year-old woman from a car in the 2800 block of Main Street in Caernarvon Township Jan. 15 and punching her in the face and head several times. Laguna-Ortiz was charged with harassment, troopers said.
INDECENT EXPOSURE: Joshua R. Terrizzi, 26, Lancaster, was arrested after he exposed himself in the first block of Conestoga Drive at 6:13 p.m. Thursday, Manheim Township police said.
RETAIL THEFT: A man described as 6 feet tall, thin build, about 35 years old, concealed a DVD player and cologne at Kmart, 1890 Fruitville Pike, and fled on foot when confronted by an employee, Manheim Township police said. The incident happened at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Loss was $48.
•A man concealed numerous bottles of perfume at Marshall's, 1268 Lititz Pike, and fled the store on foot when confronted by an employee, Manheim Township police said. A loss of $112 was reported in the incident, which happened at 2:21 p.m. Thursday.
•Amy L. Rivera, 25, Lancaster, was arrested for retail theft at the Kmart store on Fruitville Pike at 9:48 a.m. Friday after she was seen leaving without paying for merchandise, Manheim Township police said. She also was being sought on an outstanding bench warrant, police said.
•Christopher P. Guido, 29, York, was arrested for retail theft at the same Kmart at 12:43 p.m. Friday after he was observed leaving without paying for merchandise worth $173, Manheim Township police said.
•Jennifer L. Wesner, 24, Shoemakersville, was arrested for retail theft at Marshall's at 4:15 p.m. Friday after she was seen leaving without paying for clothing valued at $70, Manheim Township police said.
THEFTS: Two aluminum ramps were stolen from outside the loading docks of Weis Market, 1643 Manheim Pike, overnight Wednesday, according to Manheim Township police.
•A Rapho Township man reported Monday that a license plate was taken from a trailer parked in the 4600 block of Elizabethtown Road, state police at Ephrata said. The theft occured sometime since last March.
WARRANTS: Martin McIntyre, 43, Lancaster, was arrested on outstanding warrants following a traffic stop in the 200 block of Pleasure Road at 1 a.m. Friday, Manheim Township police said.
PFA VIOLATION: Tanya R. Reider, 34, Leola, was arrested for indirect criminal contempt after contacting her ex-boyfriend in violation of a protection from abuse order at 5:41 p.m. Friday, Manheim Township police said.
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