Police ID York College robbery suspect

  • Spring Garden Township Police say Laquan Rumsey tried robbing two people at gunpoint.
  • Rumsey allegedly successfully robbed a student of his phone.
  • Rumsey has not yet been arraigned on the charges, according to online court records.

Spring Garden Township Police have identified a man who they say tried to rob two people and successfully robbed another person on York College's campus in late October.

Laquan Monroe Rumsey ended up robbing a student of his cellphone on Oct. 29, according to police.

Rumsey, 19, of the 1500 block of West King Street, West York, faces charges of robbery, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property.


Attempts: According to police, Rumsey approached two people in the area of the dorms on York College's west campus about 1:50 a.m. and made a rude comment to one of them.

The two kept walking, and Rumsey then approached them from behind and tried ripping the backpack off one of them, court documents state. Police say he pulled a handgun and pointed it at the two.

"Unsuccessful at stealing the backpack, the male was pulled away by his friends and he walked off," Detective Dony Harbaugh wrote in charging documents.

Another victim was leaving the area of the dorms when Rumsey approached him and said he had a "beef" with him, police said. The victim told Rumsey he didn't know what he was talking about, court documents state.

Police say Rumsey pulled a gun out and told the victim to empty his pockets. The victim put his hands up and told Rumsey he didn't have anything before getting on the ground, according to charging documents.

Rumsey then walked off, police said.

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Robbed of phone: Police say a man was walking through a parking lot when Rumsey ran up behind him and asked him what he was looking at.

Rumsey then pointed the gun at the man's chest and told him to give him his cellphone, documents state.

He ordered the man to give him the unlock code for the phone, and then he ran off, according to police.

Following the robbery, police worked with York College campus safety officers and looked through surveillance footage of the area during the alleged incidents. 

From there, police released images from the footage, according to charging documents. Police say they received tips and were able to name Rumsey as the suspect.

Charges were filed for Rumsey on Nov. 3, and as of Thursday, Nov. 9, he had not been arraigned on them.

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