Police probe possible sightings of teen shooting suspect

John Joyce
  • York City Police continue to search for an armed teen they say shot two men and endangered thousands at a recent York High football game.
  • Stephon Brown, 15, is considered armed and dangerous.

Police have investigated possible sightings of the teen suspect in last week's shooting at a high school football game in York City, but the 15-year-old labeled a danger to the community remains on the loose.

Stephon Brown is wanted in Friday night's shooting outside a York High football game.

Police said Thursday there have been a number of "sightings but no confirmations" since releasing the identity and photos of Stephon Damieen Brown, the suspect in the shooting outside a William Penn Senior High School football game Sept. 9 in York City that left two men injured.

Lt. Troy Bankert said earlier this week that Brown also is a suspect in several other recent shootings around York City. Brown, categorized as armed and dangerous, has a last known address listed in Reading, but police believe he had been living in York City prior to the shooting. He is thought to still be somewhere in the city.

"(We have) received several tips from citizens. All have been investigated, and none of them have resulted in the capture of Stephon Brown," Bankert said.

Shooting: According to charging documents, Brown is charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the shooting of Darius Allen, 23, and Antwan Jackson, 20, both of York. The two men, recently identified as brothers, were escorted out by security after they were engaged in some sort of argument with another group at the football game at Small Athletic Field. A short time later, shots rang out in the parking lot.

Allen and Jackson were struck by bullets that police have since said were fired from Brown's gun. In addition to the charges of injuring the two men and carrying a firearm as a minor and without a license, Brown faces 2,000 counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing a gun in the direction of the near-capacity crowd attending the football game, charging documents said.

Proposal: Move York High games to Saturday at noon

Spotted: Police radio traffic Thursday suggested someone matching Brown's description was seen in the 700 block of Maryland Avenue and later indicated he might have been walking around the York Fairgrounds near Carlisle and Linden avenues.

Police searched a women's recovery house near that area and stopped a man in a gray sweatshirt they thought might have been Brown outside the fair, but according to police the search proved fruitless and the person was just a man coming home from work.

"We have been following up on all leads," York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said Thursday.

School district responds: In the aftermath of the shooting outside the high school football game, York City school board members are considering a proposal made by Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes earlier this week to move home games from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons and to take steps to improve security around Small Athletic Field.

A cost analysis is underway to figure out how much upgrades to security cameras and a monitoring room, as well as increasing the number of security staff from 16 to 26, will run the district. The proposal calls for contracting with a so-far unnamed agency to provide armed security in the field's parking lot during games.

The board is expected to receive the figures by Friday and to vote on whether to adopt the proposals at the next board meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21.

York High football team determined to continue progress

Tips: Police say Brown is described as a black male, about 5-feet-5, weighing approximately 100 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the York City Police Department at (717) 846-1234, dial 911 or text tips to 847-411.

Bankert said the best option is to text tips to the police department. The messages will go directly to detectives' phones, and they can then act immediately on the information.

Begin the text with "YorkTips," then include your message, he said.

Citizens can also text tips to Crime Stoppers at 877-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest and conviction can be eligible for a cash reward.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.