West York police identify, charge four suspects in Turkey Hill robbery

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

West York police have charged four suspects believed to be involved in an armed robbery late Wednesday in the borough.

Nazir Coste-Alcantara, 19; Luis de la Rosa-Ozoria, 21; Leonel Del Rosario, 22; and Lerwan Vazques-Suarez, 16, all of Lancaster, were charged with numerous offenses, including robbery conspiracy and firearms charges, West York Borough Police Chief Matthew Millsaps said in a statement.

Vasques-Suarez, even though he is 16, is being charged as an adult.

The four were taken to York County Central Booking for preliminary arraignment.

The armed robbery occurred around midnight Wednesday at the Turkey Hill convenience store in the 1500 block of West Market Street. Police said the four entered the store wearing ski masks and latex gloves and carrying firearms.

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According to the statement, after pushing one employee to the ground and pulling a handgun on another employee, the four demanded cash and, after receiving it, left the store.

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Two West York officers responded to the store and were assisted by West Manchester Township and York City police.

Police almost immediately located a vehicle with the four suspects who matched the description given by the clerks on Dewey Street and West Princess Street, according to Millsaps.

All four were detained, and a firearm, cash from the robbery, latex gloves and clothing items matching those worn during the robbery, including the ski masks, were recovered, police said.

None of the Turkey Hill employees were injured during the robbery.

Coste-Alcantara and de la Rosa-Ozoria are charged with felonies of robbery with threat of serious injury and carrying a firearm without a license, among other charges. They are in York County Prison with bail set at $200,000.

Del Rosario is charged with one felony of conspiracy to commit robbery with threat of serious injury and misdemeanors including simple assault. He was committed to York County Prison, with bail set at $100,000.

The three adults were arraigned before District Judge Thomas Harteis on Thursday. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6 before District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy.

Vazques-Suarez's court records were not available online.

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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