Teens accused of raping girl lured from York Fair out on bail

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Three 16-year-old Central York High School students accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint are out after each posted $2,500 of their $25,000 bail.

Daishon Richardson

Andrew R. Miller, Daishon M. Richardson and Kelvin J. Mercedes, all of Manchester Township, have each been charged with rape, making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, according to court documents.

The three were either arrested or turned themselves in on Tuesday, Nov. 21, according to West York Mayor Shawn Mauck.

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Within the day, all three posted bail and were released, according to court documents.

Andrew R. Miller

The arrests and subsequent releases of the juveniles came the same day charges were filed, Nov. 21.

According to charging documents, Miller, Richardson and Mercedes lured a 14-year-old girl out of the York Fairgrounds during the fair’s annual run and forced her to perform sexual acts at gunpoint in a nearby parking lot on Leonard Street.

Kelvin Mercedes

They then led the girl to another business property on Orange Street, where they each raped the girl, charging documents allege.

Central York students: The three suspects are students of Central York High School and played for the school's football team, according to the team's first-week roster for the 2017-18 school year.

A later roster, dated Oct. 27, did not have any of the suspects listed on the team.

All three are listed as 11th-graders at the school.

Miller, Richardson and Mercedes "have not been on school property and will not be present on school property until further notice," said Julie Randall Romig, director of communications and marketing for Central York School District, in an emailed statement.

"We have implemented all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff," she said, which includes school counselors who will continue to be available when classes resume Tuesday, Nov. 28.

"At no time were any students, faculty or staff in danger on school property as a result of this non-school-related incident," Romig stated.

Otherwise, Romig declined further comment, saying the incident "is a criminal, non-school-related matter outside school district jurisdiction."

The three juveniles, who are all charged as adults, are scheduled to appear before District Judge Jennifer Clancy at a preliminary hearing on Jan. 11.