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Christopher Dornblaser
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  • Police say Johnnie Tirado, 18, was one of four people who robbed a man.
  • Tirado allegedly kicked, punched and robbed the man of his wallet and phone, police said.
  • Police also arrested Saul Ortiz in connection with the incident, documents state.
  • The two remain in York County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Two York City men were in York County Prison on Tuesday after police say they participated in a violent robbery last week.

Johnnie Tirado

Johnnie Tirado, 18, of 658 W. Princess St., and Saul Luis Junior Ortiz, 19, of  375 W. King St., are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit simple assault, according to online court records.

According to charging documents, the two were among four teenagers who beat and robbed a man outside the YMCA in York City on Feb. 13.

Allegations: York City Police say the man had just left the Martinez Grocery Store, 55 N. Newberry St., when the group of teenagers started following him as he walked home.

They then assaulted the man in front of the YMCA, police said.

"(The victim) was hit in the head from behind and knocked to the ground," the officer wrote in charging documents.

The four continued to punch and kick the man, then stole his wallet and cellphone, according to police. After the teens left, the man walked back toward the grocery store to call 911 when he was again attacked by the four teens, police said.

Saul Ortiz

The man suffered injuries to the front and back of his head, documents state.

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The altercation was caught on video surveillance by the YMCA. Police say they were able to apprehend Tirado and Oritz, who matched descriptions of two of the suspects in the video, in the 600 block of West Princess Street.

Tirado had the man's iPhone 6s on him when he was taken into custody, documents state. While in custody, Ortiz admitted to being involved in the robbery, police said.

Ortiz and Tirado were arraigned on the charges Feb. 15 and remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail each, according to online court records. It is unclear if they have retained attorneys.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 1 at District Judge Joel N. Toluba's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.