Police: Three helped rob York City man

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say three people helped rob a York City man last month.
  • Two people convinced the man to drive to an area, and three people in masks then robbed him, police said.
  • Two of the accused have posted bail, while the other, Devon Batista, remains in prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police say a York City man woke up "covered in blood" after he was robbed by a group of people last month.

York City Police have charged Devon L. Batista, 22, Rachel Mekhi Ferguson, 19, and Olivia Jude Fulton, 20, in connection with the alleged incident.

Batista, of 1113 W. Poplar St., York City, is charged with robbery, attempted simple assault, theft by unlawful taking and terroristic threats.

Fulton, of 34 N. Vernon St., Springettsbury Township, and Ferguson, of 941 Richwill Drive in York City, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit simple assault, online court records state.

According to police, on March 15 Fulton and Ferguson told the victim to drive to an area of the city where he was then robbed and beaten.

Allegations: About 1 a.m. March 15, a York City Police officer was dispatched to the 800 block of West College Avenue for a report of an assault.

When the officer arrived, a man was sitting outside a residence with his face covered in blood, documents state. The man told police his phone, car keys, wallet, car insurance card and about $100 had been stolen, police said.

The man's vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac G5, was found in the 900 block of Codorus Street, with the front driver-side window busted out and blood inside and outside the vehicle, according to charging documents.

The man told police that he had picked up Fulton, and the two were driving around the west end when she asked him to pick up a girl known to him as "Ashley," later identified as Ferguson, police said.

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Once Ferguson was picked up, they parked in the 900 block of Codorus Street and smoked a blunt, charging documents state.

"(The victim) stated that out of nowhere (three) suspect(s) smashed out the driver-side window and drug him out of the car," Officer John Huncher wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

The three began punching, kicking and stomping the man while he was on the ground near the back tire of his car, police said.

The man said three people were attacking him, two with masks on, documents state. The unmasked one was Batista, according to police.

Police say Batista had a revolver and struck the man multiple times in the face. The man said the gun was placed to his head multiple times, documents state. Additionally, the trigger was pulled twice, according to police.

"(The victim) stated that Batista stated, 'I should just kill you right now,'" Huncher wrote.

The man then lost consciousness and woke up "covered in blood from his face," police said.

Through investigation, police say, they found that Ferguson and Batista were in a relationship.

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Charges were filed for Batista on March 23, and he was arraigned on March 29. Batista was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Charges were filed for Ferguson and Fulton on March 31, and the two were arraigned on the charges earlier this week. Both posted $2,500 bail.

It is not clear if police have filed charges against the other two unnamed masked attackers.

The three who have been charged are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 19 at District Judge Joel N. Toluba's office.

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