York teen wanted in three murders now in custody


A York City teenager wanted in three murders since 2013 has been taken into custody and is being held without bail, York County Prison confirmed.

York City Police most recently obtained arrest warrants for Durrell Cotton Jr., 19, in the double slaying of York City brothers Angel Luis Berrios, 21, and Abdiel "Tito" Vazquez-Soto, 19, on June 12.

The shootings occurred at Jefferson and Juniper streets and preceeded Berrios crashing into a telephone pole, according to charging documents. An autopsy determined the cause of death was gunshot wounds, and the deaths were ruled a homicide.

Video surveillance helped identify the black SUV from which the shots originated. Police interviewed the driver, who said that Cotton had fired the shots.

2013 shooting: Police previously obtained an arrest warrant for Cotton in the October 2013 slaying of Jordan Breeland, 21, of Harrisburg, in the 200 or 300 block of West Gas Avenue, according to charging documents.

Elvin Rafael Mateo Jr., 21, is also facing criminal homicide charges in that shooting. Mateo had already been behind bars in the state correctional institution at Camp Hill, according to online court records.

Davon Brown, then 19, of Harrisburg, was also shot during that incident but survived and helped to identify the car Mateo and Cotton were driving, according to charging documents.

Police later recovered the car and found bullet fragments that matched the ones found at the scene of the shooting. The investigation revealed Cotton had borrowed the car on the night of the shooting.

Police said at the time that the shooting was gang-related, a clash between the city's south-side gang and Parkway gang, of which Breeland was believed to be a member.

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