York City man indicted on robbery charges

  • A York City man was indicted on robbery charges Wednesday, according to a release.
  • Officials say Austin Carr robbed a bank and a convenience store in West York last month.

A York City man was indicted on robbery charges Wednesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Austin Andrew Darnell Carr, 23, of 308 N. West St., was indicted on charges of armed bank robbery and armed robbery of a convenience store and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, the release states.

Austin Andrew Darnell Carr

Officials say Carr robbed the Turkey Hill at 1500 W. Market St. on June 14 and the M&T Bank at 1401 W. Market St. on June 17. Both of the sites are in West York.

Carr used the same firearm to rob both businesses, according to the release.

The indictment states Carr took $1,597 from the bank. It does not state how much he allegedly took from the Turkey Hill.

M&T Bank: According to charging documents filed last month by West York Police, Carr was found within minutes of the bank robbery.

Police found a "large sum of money" and a small handgun while searching Carr in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill Minit Market on Roosevelt Avenue, but Carr told them a man had run by a few minutes earlier and threw the loot and firearm at him, documents state.  

Surveillance video taken about 10:45 a.m.June 17 at the bank shows a man matching Carr’s description displaying a handgun to two bank employees, who gave the man $1,597 from the registers, documents state.

After selling marijuana to a former co-worker the night before, Carr had him return that Saturday morning to give him a ride “to run an errand,” documents state. Once in the vehicle, Carr allegedly told Kent O’Donley to drive to West York and park in the 1300 block of West Philadelphia Street.

Several minutes after Carr got out of the vehicle, he “came running back to the car 'all out of breath,’” and said “we can go,” O’Donley told police, according to court documents.

O’Donley, 28, said he then drove Carr to the Roosevelt Avenue convenience store to pick up a few items. While they were inside, the cashier commented to O’Donley about the police officers standing outside, documents state.

York City man charged in West York bank robbery

After getting back into the vehicle, Carr and O’Donley were pulled out by police at gunpoint, according to court documents. 

During an interview with West York Borough Police, Carr said he had O’Donley drop him off Saturday morning at a friend’s house on West Philadelphia Street. 

Documents state Carr told police that when he left his friend’s house, a man ran by him and threw a baseball hat that contained the money and the gun police found on Carr after he was arrested.

After hearing Carr’s account, West York Police Detective Michael Mendez ended the interview and confirmed that O’Donley did not see another man walk by as he waited for Carr to return to his vehicle, the detective wrote in the charging documents.

West York Police, West Manchester Township Police, York City Police and the FBI assisted in the investigation of both robberies, the release states.

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