A York City man charged earlier this month in a shooting that happened shortly before Christmas has been denied bail.

Alexander Cardoza-Alicea, 30, of 945 W. College Ave., is charged with one first-degree felony count of aggravated assault in the Dec. 21 shooting of Jose Ruiz-Hernandez, according to the criminal complaint filed Jan. 5 by York City Police.

Police say Cardoza-Alicea, who's also known as William Rodriquez, was the passenger riding in a car in the 500 block of Pershing Avenue, near Lake Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21. There, the driver of his car followed Ruiz-Hernandez's car, and an attempt was made to get him to pull over, documents state.

The following car eventually was able to "box in" Hernandez-Ruiz's car, documents state. At that point, Cardoza-Alicea got out of the car he was in, took out a gun and fired 15 shots into Ruiz-Hernandez's car, hitting the victim twice, police allege.

Cardoz-Alicea got back into the passenger seat of the car he'd been in, and they left, police say.

Police were called to the area for reports of shots fired around 12:53 a.m.; Ruiz-Hernandez showed up at York Hospital a little while later in a private vehicle, documents state.

After police tracked Cardoza-Alicea down, he was arraigned on his charge Wednesday morning in front of District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr., who denied him bail, according to online court records. Haskell did so because he deemed him a danger to the community, documents state. He remains in York County Prison, according to prison records.

Cardoza-Alicea previously has spent time behind bars after convictions on multiple different drug charges, and other offenses, online records state.

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