Police allege Rico Holmes II was the ringleader of the group.
Police allege Rico Holmes II was the ringleader of the group.

Two police agencies have filed charges against a fourth out-of-state man allegedly involved in two violent home invasions in northern York County in December. A man was shot during one of the invasions; two teens were bound, gagged and beaten, police said.

Andre Jamal Highsmith, 18, of 8774 Old Colony Way in Alexandria, Va., has been arrested in that state and awaits extradition to York County on multiple charges filed by state police Trooper Jonathan Colarusso and Northern York County Regional Police Detective Bill Haller.

Already charged are alleged ringleader and Army soldier Rico Carty Holmes II, 23, of the Walter Reed Army base in Bethesda, Md.; Leonard C. Hayes III, 19, of 7507 Vernon Square Drive in Alexandria, Va.; and Joseph T. Henderson Jr., 17, of 5807 Woodlawn Gable Drive in Alexandria, Va. Henderson is charged as an adult.

All four are facing numerous charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, simple assault and burglary.

Attacked in bed: According to state police, at least three members of the group entered a Franklintown apartment on South Baltimore Street about 12:30 a.m. Dec. 8.

The men — all armed with guns — surrounded 24-year-old Kevin Gachelin while the victim was sleeping and beat him, charging documents state.

Gachelin struggled with his attackers and managed to escape, but not before being shot at least twice in the lower back by Holmes, police allege.

He also suffered a head injury during the attack, police said.


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Gachelin told state police he and Holmes had been in a number of verbal and physical fights in the weeks leading up to the home invasion, stemming from an alleged attack on one of Gachelin's acquaintances by Holmes, documents state.

Teens terrorized: Less than an hour after Gachelin was shot, two 17-year-old boys were watching TV at a home on Whiskey Spring Road in Franklin Township when four men walked through the unlocked front door, wielding baseball bats, according to Northern Regional Police.

The men 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, according to police.

Assault rifles: The group stole six firearms and 5,000 rounds of ammunition from the home. Taken were three bolt-action rifles, plus three assault rifles — an AK-47 and two AR-15s, police said. The weapons and ammunition belong to the father of one of the teen victims, police said.

One of the teens told police he recognized Holmes' voice, and said Holmes had attended a party at the Whiskey Spring Road residence on Nov. 23.

While there, Holmes saw the firearm collection, according to police.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.