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Police: York City robber 'calm' after shooting his victim

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD
  • Police say Steven Stokes Jr. used a handgun to rob four people early Wednesday morning in York City.
  • He then ordered a man to get on the ground, shot him in the head and calmly walked away, police say.

After sticking up a man and three women in a York City parking lot early Wednesday morning, an armed robber ordered the man to get on the ground, according to police.

Steven Stokes Jr.

Saquan Darby, no age given, complied with the demand, at which point the robber, Steven Frederick Stokes Jr., walked over to Darby and shot him in the head, charging documents allege.

"Stokes calmly walked away from the area, leaving Darby on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head," documents state.

The violent encounter happened about 12:55 a.m. in a parking lot in the alley behind the 100 block of South Belvidere Avenue, where Darby and three women were hanging out, according to York City Police.

Stokes — who apparently was a stranger to all four people — walked up to them, pulled out a handgun, told the group to "chill," then ordered them to "give him all they had," documents allege.

Stokes took Darby's cellphone, wallet and watch, then patted down the three women but found nothing to steal from them, according to police.

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That's when he ordered Darby on the ground and shot him, documents allege.

Rushed to hospital: As Stokes calmly strolled away from the area, one of the women helped Darby into her car and drove him to York Hospital, according to police.

Darby's condition could not be obtained from York Hospital, but police said he escaped with just a minor wound.

Witnesses were able to give patrol officers a description of the robber, and those officers spotted Stokes in an alley just north of the 500 block of West College Avenue, which is several blocks from the shooting, documents state.

Officers ordered him to put his hands in the air, but Stokes took off, police allege. Officers captured him in the 400 block of West College Avenue after a short foot chase, according to documents.

'Philistine': Seized during Stokes' arrest was a .380-caliber handgun, according to police. Stokes is a convicted felon; therefore, state law prohibits him from possessing firearms.

Motive for York City homicide still unclear

He was taken to the county's central booking unit, where he told deputies his name was "Allen Philistine," according to charging documents.

A .380-caliber shell casing was recovered from the crime scene, police said.

Stokes, 26, of no fixed address, was denied bail during arraignment by Senior District Judge Richard Martin II, according to booking records.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, robbery, being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm, theft and false identification to law enforcement.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.