York City teen charged with attempted murder

John Joyce
  • York City Police say a teen who tried to shoot his girlfriend in the head and missed by inches will be tried as an adult.
  • Alezea Pagan, 15, is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and several related crimes.
  • Pagan is being held in juvenile detention for the time being, police said.

York City Police say 15-year-old Alezea Merguiades Pagan missed by only 4 inches when he pointed a handgun at his girlfriend's head and pulled the trigger Aug. 20.

Pagan, of 610 W. Philadelphia St., is charged as an adult with attempted murder, aggravated assault, burglary, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, possession of a firearm by a minor, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Police say Pagan was arrested Friday and placed in York County Prison, where he remained as of Monday night.


According to charging documents, York City Police went to the 800 block of Fahs Street Aug. 21 to follow up on a report of an assault with a weapon. Once there, they spoke with a neighbor who said he had come home from work the night before to find a bullet hole in the wall of his residence and a bullet fragment in his ashtray.

The neighbor said the shot had come from the house next door, and he'd returned the bullet fragment to the woman who lived there, the documents said.

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According to charging documents, police spoke with the neighbor, Lashanda Rankings, 829 Fahs St. She invited them in and showed them the damage to her walls.

Another witness, who said she was in the house at the time of the shooting, recounted what happened.

The witness said Pagan and his girlfriend, a 14-year-old girl whose name is not being released because of  her age, were at Rankings' house on Aug. 20 and went to a field near the residence to shoot a gun Pagan had in his possession.

Bankert said if Pagan was in fact shooting the gun off in the city, that action would fall under the charge of reckless endangerment.

"If you were to fire a gun outside, even if you don't point it at anyone, that's reckless endangerment," he said.

The witness told police after returning to the house, the couple got into an argument, and the girlfriend told Pagan to leave.

Once outside, Pagan forced open the front door, pointed the gun at the girl's head and fired, the documents said. The bullet missed the girl by approximately 4 inches but continued to travel.

It passed through a wall of the residence and entered the neighbor's home through another wall. The round fragmented, and part of it came to rest in the man's ashtray, according to the report.

Bankert said no weapon has been recovered, and he did not know  what caliber or type of firearm Pagan allegedly used in the shooting or where he might have gotten it. He said the victim did not report any injuries.

York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King said Pagan is being tried as an adult because of his age and the nature of the charges.

"The charges against Alezea Pagan are required by law to be filed in adult court because the defendant was over the age of 15, the offense involved a deadly weapon, and it involves innumerate offenses," King said. "The law requires that he be prosecuted as an adult unless he moves for and is successful in having the case transferred to juvenile court."

Pagan is currently in York County Prison on $300,000 bail and will remain there unless he is able to post bail or a Court of Common Pleas judge orders him to be housed in a juvenile facility, King said.

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