Brewer
Brewer

Federal marshals have captured the third -- and final -- man allegedly involved in last summer's armed robbery of a York Township jewelry store, police said.

Once extradited, Jesse A. Brewer, 38, of Queens, N.Y., also will be charged with the attempted homicide of the owner of White Jewelers, who was shot multiple times during the 10:30 a.m. July 12 holdup, police said.

He was arrested Thursday morning in New York City by U.S. marshals, according to Sgt. Jeff Dunbar of York Area Regional Police.

A warrant for his arrest was issued May 8, Dunbar said.

Previously arrested for the holdup and shootout were Timothy N. Forbes Jr., 31, and Jamell Smallwood, 39, both of Allentown.

Forbes
Forbes

Smallwood had his York County charges dropped in April after the case was taken over by federal prosecutors.

All three men will be prosecuted federally, rather than in York County Court, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the district attorney's office.

Despite that, Forbes remains charged in York County. On Monday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is scheduled for formal court arraignment on July 19.

The background: John White, owner of White Jewelers in the St. Charles Way Center in York Township, suffered three gunshot wounds during the robbery.

He was shot in the abdomen, left arm and the shoulder/chest area and survived his wounds. At the time, he was 57 years old, police said.

Stolen during the robbery was high-end jewelry, including watches that cost several thousand dollars each, police said. The store is an authorized Rolex watch dealer, according to its website.

York Area Regional Police filed charges against Smallwood after the FBI found him being treated for a gunshot wound in New York City's Brooklyn Hospital, police said.

Police said it appears Smallwood was accidentally shot by one of his fellow robbers after walking out of a back room of the store and startling the gunman during what was described as a chaotic situation.

Smallwood
Smallwood

$4M robbery: Forbes was one of five men arrested for the robbery of a Connecticut jewelry store during which $4 million worth of jewelry, watches and diamonds were stolen.

When Forbes was captured at his Allentown home on May 8, police found $13,100 in cash, police said.

Police said a group of men wearing masks and gloves broke into an apartment in Meriden, Conn., on April 11 and bound and gagged four people, including the manager and another employee of a Lenox Jewelry store in Fairfield.

The two employees were placed into the manager's BMW at gunpoint and driven about 40 miles to the store, where they were forced to open the door and to use their access codes to open the safe, authorities said.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.