One arrested in Thursday York City homicide

Christopher Dornblaser

Police have arrested one person in the Thursday death of Dontay Lamar Lowrie, according to a news release from York City Police.

Juan Abel Santiago, 21, was arrested on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and robbery, the release states.

Lowrie, 21, suffered several gunshot wounds in the 400 block of Park Street Thursday afternoon and later died at York Hospital.

Juan Abel Santiago

Officers responded to reports of shots fired around the 400 block of Park Street shortly after 2 p.m., and very shortly after that, Lowrie showed up at the hospital in a private vehicle, police say. He was pronounced dead in the hospital's trauma bay shortly after arriving there, the coroner's office said.

The driver of the vehicle told police that Lowrie had arranged to meet with someone to pick up money in the area of Elm Terrace and Park Street, documents state.

The driver drove to the area of Farquhar Park and pulled off the road in front of the 400 block of Park Street. As they were pulling off the road, a man, described as "chunky" in build, approached the vehicle's passenger side, where Lowrie was still sitting in the vehicle with his feet out of the door, according to police.

Police say the driver said Lowrie knew the man who approached him and the two were talking when another taller man approached the vehicle from behind and came to the passenger side of the car. That person began to yell at Lowrie, calling him a "f---ing snitch," and saying "you didn't ride with me," documents state.

The driver told police both men in front of the passenger door pulled guns out and began to demand money, police said. Police say the driver said the two took her phone and ordered her to turn off the car and drop the keys. After that, Lowrie attempted to stand up and plead with them, as they search his pockets, but he was forced back into the car and both began firing their handguns into the vehicle, documents state.

The shooters then fled on foot, eastbound on Park Street, while the driver took Lowrie to the hospital, police said.

On Friday, the driver positively identified Santiago as one of the subjects who robbed and shot Lowrie, specifically identifying him as the second subject to approach the vehicle, call Lowrie a snitch and shoot him, documents state.

A search warrant for the driver's stolen phone was obtained, and Santiago was taken into custody on Monday, police said. Police say they found multiple texts and calls between the driver's stolen phone and Santiago's phone after the homicide.

Santiago remains in York County Prison, remanded without bail.

The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending against other suspects, according to police. Anyone with information should contact York City Police Detective Division at (717) 849-2219.

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