An Army soldier accused of committing a violent home-invasion robbery in Franklin Township earlier this month is now charged with shooting a man during a second home invasion that happened a few miles away and less than an hour beforehand.
Rico Carty Holmes II, 23, of the Walter Reed Army base in Bethesda, Md., is in York County Prison on $500,000 bail in the shooting case and $100,000 bail in the robbery case.
He was extradited to York County from Maryland on Monday, according to prison records.
Attacked while asleep: Holmes and two other men entered a Franklintown apartment on South Baltimore Street about 12:30 or 12:45 a.m. Dec. 8, according to charging documents filed by state police Trooper Jonathan Colarusso.
The three men -- all armed with guns -- surrounded 24-year-old Kevin Gachelin while the victim was sleeping and began to beat him, documents state.
Gachelin struggled with his attackers and managed to escape, but not before he was shot at least twice in the lower back, according to documents. He also suffered a head injury during the physical attack, police said.
Prior encounters: Gachelin told state police he and Holmes had been in "multiple verbal and physical altercations" in the weeks leading up to the home invasion, stemming from an alleged attack on one of Gachelin's acquaintances by Holmes during a party, charging documents state.
During one of the prior encounters, Holmes pulled a gun on Gachelin, who told police he believes Holmes didn't pull the trigger because there were witnesses around, documents allege.
Text message: Within days of being shot, Gachelin received a threatening text message from Holmes in which he said he would be "coming to shoot" Gachelin "in the near future," according to documents.
Holmes and his two co-defendants stole the victim's cell phone during the attack, but Colarusso said the assault appears to have been the primary motive.
Holmes is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Second invasion: At 1:23 a.m. Dec. 8, Holmes and three other men walked through the unlocked front door of a home on Whiskey Spring Road in Franklin Township while wielding baseball bats, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
Two 17-year-old males were watching TV in the home when the group barged in, forced the teens to get on the floor and yelled for them to shut up and stay on the ground, police said.
The teens were punched, their hands and feet were bound with duct tape and their mouths and eyes were covered with tape, police said.
Guns, ammo taken: The attackers stole six firearms and 5,000 rounds of ammunition from the home. Taken were three bolt-actions rifles, plus three assault rifles -- an AK-47 and two AR-15s, police said. The weapons belong to the father of one of the victims, police have said.
One of the teens told officers he recognized Holmes' voice, and that Holmes was at the Whiskey Spring Road home on Nov. 23 for a party, during which he saw the firearm collection, Northern Regional Police said.
State police said a resident of the Whiskey Spring Road home is the acquaintance of Gachelin's who was assaulted by Holmes at a party a few weeks prior to the home invasions.
Busted on base: Military investigators in Maryland arrested Holmes Dec. 8 on behalf of Northern Regional Police and kept him in custody until his extradition Monday, police said. In that case, Holmes is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, unlawful restraint of minors and other offenses.
Northern Regional Police said they expect to charge more people in the home-invasion robbery, and state police said their investigation into the shooting remains active as well.
The two agencies jointly investigated the crimes, with help from Carroll Township Police, Colarusso said.
Anyone with information about either case is urged to call state police at (717) 428-1011 or Northern Regional Police at (717) 292-3647.
-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org.