Jeffrey Reid Jr.
Jeffrey Reid Jr.

York City detectives have released the name of the man they believe fatally shot Dashaun Davis over the weekend, and said the man is believed to be part of a robbery crew that used a woman to target victims.

Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Jeffrey Reid Jr., 27, of 244 S. Duke St., Apt. 1, according to city Capt. Tim Utley.

Once captured, Reid will be charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, and three counts each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, documents state.

The three-unit apartment building where Reid lived was damaged by a fire that erupted there about midnight Monday, according to York City fire officials.

Dashaun Davis was fatally shot inside his car on July 19, 2014, in York City.
Dashaun Davis was fatally shot inside his car on July 19, 2014, in York City.
The bulk of the fire was contained to the first-floor apartment, officials said.

York City Detective First Class Jeff Spence confirmed Reid is a suspect in the fire investigation, which he said is unrelated to the homicide.

Homicide case: Utley said Reid fatally shot Davis, 23, of Juniper Street, while Davis sat in his car just after 11 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Union Street. Davis was killed just around the corner from his family's home.

Utley said detectives suspect Reid intended to rob Davis.

Detectives allege Reid and his co-conspirators intended to pull a home-invasion robbery at a home in the 400 block of East Market Street at 9:40 p.m., but that attempt was thwarted.


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According to charging documents, the targeted victim of that attempted robbery told officers he met a woman at a city bar earlier in the evening and took her back to his apartment when she told him she was hungry.

Shortly after they arrived, the man answered a knock at his door. Standing there were Reid — holding a handgun — and another man, both of whom tried to force their way inside, documents state.

Woman fled: The resident was able to force the would-be robbers out of his home and lock the door, police said. The woman jumped through a window, onto a balcony and fled the scene, documents state.

Then at 10:54 p.m., officers were called to a home in the 600 block of West Philadelphia Street, where residents told them they heard a loud bang on an apartment door, as if someone was trying to kick the door open, police said.

The residents went outside and spotted three males fleeing the area, one of whom fired four gunshots from a handgun as he fled, documents state.

The residents also told officers that they had just moved to the apartment and only two people know where they lived — and Reid was one of them, according to documents.

Cadillac spotted: A witness who was nearby told officers Reid was one of the three men involved, and that Reid was seen fleeing the area in a blue Cadillac, which "almost collided with another vehicle on Belvidere Avenue," police said. Witnesses told police Reid regularly drives that car.

At 11:13 p.m., officers were called to the 200 block of Union Street, where they found Davis fatally shot inside his vehicle.

Also at the scene investigators found, seized and towed the Cadillac Reid had been driving, with the homicide weapon inside, according to charging documents.

Reid told a witness "the murder weapon" was in the Cadillac "and that his DNA and fingerprints would be found on it," documents state. Several people heard him making the statement, and also heard him claim he was being framed for the slaying.

Inside the Cadillac — which is registered to Reid's brother — police found a .380 caliber handgun with two Federal brand rounds in it.

Similar casings: Detectives recovered three spent Federal .380 shell casings from inside the victim's vehicle, and recovered four Federal .380 shell casings from the 600 block of West Philadelphia Street, documents state.

Another witness told police Reid and his girlfriend were walking in the 200 block of Union Street 10 or 15 seconds before shots rang out and Davis was killed, according to police.

"The (shell) casings at the scene on West Philadelphia Street appear to match the casings recovered (at the homicide scene)," Utley said. "They're the same caliber, the same manufacturer."

Reid should be considered armed and dangerous, according to detectives.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call 911, or call York City Police at (717) 846-1234.

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