York City teen charged as an adult in robbery

John Joyce
  • York City teen Kentarius Simpson, 17, is charged as an adult in a May 21 robbery/assault in the city.
  • Simpson allegedly provided false information and resisted arrest.
  • Assistant District Attorney Tara Wikhian made the call to charge Simpson as an adult.

A 17-year-old from York City faces robbery and assault charges stemming from an incident that took place in the city May 21.

Kentarius Marcel Simpson, of 440 S. Duke St., is charged with two felony counts of robbery as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm by a minor and providing false information to law enforcement.

Philadelphia police have been searching for a naked man who ran away after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and beating her mother.

According to the charging documents, Simpson and five others robbed a man at gunpoint in the 100 block of East Charles Lane about 8:45 p.m. The victim told the officers one of the men pointed a pistol in his face while the others rummaged through his pockets, taking $100 in cash and several personal items.

The suspects were last seen headed toward the area of Maple and Duke streets.

When the officers approached a group gathered near Maple and Duke, Simpson gave a fake name and date of birth and then physically resisted arrest, the documents said. Once Simpson was detained, the officers conducted a "show up identification," meaning they brought Simpson to an area where the victim could see him but he could not see the victim, and he was positively identified as the main suspect, according to the documents.

Officers spoke with Assistant District Attorney Tara Wikhian, who directed them to charge Simpson as an adult, the documents said.

Kyle King, chief administrator for the York County Office of the District Attorney, said the move to charge Simpson as an adult is in line with the state statute.

"Authority was given by our prosecutor, and that falls in line with the 'direct file' statute for juveniles," King said.

The statute, 42-6302, states that if a juvenile 15 years of age or older at the time of the offense commits a delinquent act — in this case the act being the robbery — the juvenile will be charged as an adult, he said.

The York City Police Department did not return calls for comment regarding this report.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.