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2 charged in York City home-invasion robbery, assault

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD

Police say two York City men on Tuesday night broke into a woman's apartment, choked her and stole a Gucci belt.

York City Police allege Keith Deon Hallman, 27, of no fixed address, and Allen D. Williams, 21, of 164 S. Pine St., began banging on the door of an apartment in the first block of East Philadelphia Street at around 2:30 a.m., telling the resident to let them in or they'd kick her door down.

Allen D. Williams

The woman who lived there called a man she knew, who then quickly came into the apartment through the back door, according to charging documents. At that point, the records state, Williams tried to break in through a window, and then came in the back door himself.

Williams jumped over the woman's bed, ran to the front of the apartment and let Hallman in, documents state. The woman told the man she'd called for help to lock himself in the bathroom, so he did so, police say.

Hallman began banging on the bathroom door, telling the man he was going to beat him up, according to documents; the man called police.

While that was going on, Williams grabbed the woman by the throat and choked her hard enough to cause red marks, documents state.

Then, police say, alleged robbers grabbed a red and green Gucci belt worth about $200 and a gold chain with a "Jesus symbol" that's worth about $90, and left through the front door.

Keith Deon Hallman

Officers tracked them down nearby and arrested them, according to documents.

Police say Hallman gave them a fake name when they arrested him; they also say they found a "pea-size" amount of crack on him after officers took him to the county's central booking unit.

Both men are charged with burglary, robbery and criminal trespass by breaking into a structure. Williams is also charged with simple assault, and Hallman is also charged with drug possession and providing false enforcement to law enforcement.

They both remain in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to prison records.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com.