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Broken taillight leads to trio of robbery suspects

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD
  • Three men are charged with robbing a Burger King employee as he was walking along West Market Street on Wednesday.
  • West York Borough police officers found a BB gun and two black masks in the vehicle, charging documents said.

A broken taillight led to the capture of three men minutes after they committed an armed robbery in York City, police said Thursday.

Terrence Davis

Balijah Davis, 21, and Terrence Davis, 19, both of 42 E. Cottage Place, and MiQuan Johnson, 20, of 222 E. Cottage Place, each are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. Each man was placed in the York County Prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Balijah Davis

According to charging documents, a West York Borough Police officer on patrol near West Market and North Pearl streets about 2 a.m. Wednesday noticed a white van with a blue door pass by with a broken taillight and a rear window that had been broken out and covered with a plastic bag.

Traffic stop: The officer stopped the van in the parking lot of the Giant at 1200 W. Market St. As the officer approached the vehicle, he saw someone in the third-row seat toss something into the back of the vehicle, and he noticed two masks in the rear cargo area, the documents said. Inside the van were a female driver, a baby and four men.

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Robbery: In the midst of stopping the vehicle, the officer heard a call go out over the radio about an armed robbery that had taken place five minutes earlier near West Market Street and Richland Avenue. The victim reported he was walking on West Market Street when three men came out from between two residences, stuck a gun in his face and robbed him of his wallet, cellphone and Burger King bag with his work hat inside, according to the documents.

MiQuan Johnson

Three of the men in the vehicle were wearing dark clothing, matching the description of the suspects, the charging documents said. Two of the robbers had worn masks, and the third had worn sunglasses.

The officer called York City Police to the area for backup. Once they arrived, he asked the men to step out of the van.  The driver-side passenger and second-row passengers were identified as the Davises and Johnson. The third-row passenger is only identified in the documents as "CW."

BB gun: According to the documents, when CW got out, one of the officers noticed the butt of a firearm under the seat.

The officer pulled the gun out from under the seat and found it was a black Crossman BB gun.

In a compartment under the front passenger seat, a wallet was found that contained the victim's ID card and bank cards. A Burger King hat also was discovered in the van.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.