Man jailed in store robberies charged with another

Jason Addy

Spring Garden Township Police filed new charges Friday against a York-area man already charged with armed robbery.

Victor Carrasquillo-Benitez, 44, who has no fixed address, has been in York County Prison since Dec. 24 on four felony robbery and theft charges filed by York City Police, according to court documents.

Victor Carrasquillo-Benitez

Carrasquillo-Benitez now faces two more counts of robbery and one count each of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and prohibited possession of a firearm, according to charging documents. He also has been charged with one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment.

About 9:45 p.m. Dec. 20, Carrasquillo entered the Family Dollar store at 1025 Mount Rose Ave. and pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at two clerks, demanding cash from the registers and store safe, Spring Garden Township Police allege.

The clerks told police Carrasquillo-Benitez was calm during the robbery and even tried to calm them by putting the gun in his pocket, according to court documents.

Multiple robberies: While the clerks tried to open the safe, Carrasquillo-Benitez talked to them about the process of opening the safe and said he had robbed Family Dollar stores about eight times before, documents state.

After getting more than $2,000 in cash from the registers and safe, Carrasquillo-Benitez bound the clerks’ wrists and ankles with zip ties and fled the store, documents state.

Three days later, Carrasquillo-Benitez was arrested by York City Police while fleeing from the Family Dollar store at 133 N. Duke St., according to court documents.

Carrasquillo-Benitez was found wearing the same clothing as the suspect in the Spring Garden Township robbery, and York City Police located the handgun he allegedly used in both robberies, documents state.

During an interview with Spring Garden Township and York City officers on Jan. 6, Carrasquillo-Benitez said he was responsible for a string of nine robberies beginning Oct. 30, documents state.

He told the officers “he chose Family Dollar stores because he was familiar with their operations and had a good sense of how much money he was likely to get at any given time,” documents state.

It was “like taking candy from a kid,” Carrasquillo-Benitez told police, according to court documents.

Carrasquillo-Benitez is being held at York County Prison on $100,000 bail.