Police: Teens charged in York City box cutter assault

  • Police say Olijah Lowe and Nubia Cernas, both 17, assaulted a 15-year-old girl in her home last week.
  • The two remain in York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail each.

Two teens are charged as adults after police say they broke into a home and assaulted another teenage girl last week.

York City Police say Olijah Nicole Lowe and Nubia Cernas went into the victim's home late Wednesday, Dec. 6, and assaulted her.

Lt. Matt Leitzel said Tuesday, Dec. 12, that the victim is 15.

Cernas, 17, of the 500 block of Wallace Street, is charged with burglary, aggravated assault and harassment.

Lowe, also 17, of the 200 block of South Sherman Street, is charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. 

Nubia Cernas

Alleged assault: According to police, the victim had been having issues with Lowe and Cernas that day, and they were harassing her via text message.

Police say the two texted the victim about 9:45 p.m. saying "here."

The victim then heard a knock at the door of her South Penn Street home, documents state.

Police say she went to the door and opened it halfway before Lowe and Cernas violently pushed the door open.

Olijah Lowe

Lowe entered the home first and punched the victim in the face, stunning her and sending her backward, documents state. Cernas then began circling the victim, according to police.

Court documents state that Cernas and Lowe both had box cutters and that Cernas attacked the victim with the blade, causing a large laceration to her abdominal area. 

More:Teens charged in York City armed robbery

More:Police: Teen charged with shooting Dallastown boy, 15

The attack, police said, caused the box cutter to break. Lowe tried attacking with her box cutter, but she missed and dropped it to the floor, documents state.

Cernas then punched the victim in the upper back, police said.

The victim's family was present during the assault, and her brother grabbed Cernas and pinned her to the ground, charging documents state. Lowe then grabbed the victim and dragged her outside, pulled her to the sidewalk and threw her to the ground, police said.

Lowe slammed the victim's head onto the concrete sidewalk several times, court documents allege. Lowe continued to punch and slap the victim as she tried to get up, according to police.

Two men had come with Cernas and Lowe, and police say the victim's brother spotted them, prompting him to release his hold on Cernas and go outside.

As soon as the brother let Cernas go, she, Lowe and the two men ran off, according to court documents.

Injuries: When police arrived at the scene, the victim's white shirt was covered in blood, and she had a laceration on her stomach that was about 7 inches long, according to charging documents.

Police say she needed numerous stitches to close the wound on her stomach.

She had additional injuries to her face, head and neck area and swelling, bruising and drying blood, along with a cut lip, according to police. The victim was taken to York Hospital by ambulance.

Facebook: The officer monitored Lowe's and Cernas' Facebook pages, and police say Cernas said she was innocent.

"Attempted homicide my F—ING ASSS WERE INNOCENT OKAY," Cernas posted on Facebook, according to police.

Lowe commented and agreed that they were innocent, documents allege.

Cernas replied that if they "go down," they would beat the case, according to charging documents.

Charges were filed Thursday, Dec. 7, and the two were arraigned on them that night. They were sent to York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail each, and they remain there as of Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Neither have attorneys listed.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 27 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

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