Police: Man carjacked 2 victims in one morning, crashed both vehicles

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York-area man who allegedly committed two carjackings in southern York County crashed both vehicles and is now in police custody.

Roy Shane Worrall, 31, of the York area, is facing charges including robbery of a motor vehicle, attempted kidnapping, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property, police said.

A carjacker crashed this stolen vehicle into the side of the Glen Rock Mill Inn on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
(Photo courtesy of Southern Regional Police)

He had several outstanding warrants from Southern Regional Police as well, authorities said. He's also wanted for a burglary in North York, according to court records.

Southern Regional Police Sgt. Dan Teague said that after the first carjacking, which was in York Township on Thursday, Oct. 5, Worrall fled south and made his way to Glen Rock.

He crashed the stolen vehicle into the side of the Glen Rock Mill Inn, destroying a wooden stairway.

Worrall then jumped out and carjacked a second vehicle, telling that vehicle's owner he had a gun, according to Teague.

Worrall ordered the driver to hand over her cell phone and cash as they were driving, police said. After driving for about three-quarters of a mile, police said the vehicle owner was told to exit the car, and Worrall drove away.

He fled again in the second stolen vehicle, with police in pursuit after officers saw the suspect run a stop sign, according to Teague.

Second crash: But Worrall crashed on Fair School Road, near the Narrow Gauge Road intersection, in Shrewsbury Township, according to Teague.

Worrall was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. then taken to the county's central booking unit to await arraignment, Teague said. Bail was set at $100,000, he added.

The sergeant confirmed Southern Regional Police will file charges against Worrall in the second carjacking and that York Area Regional Police will handle charges in the first carjacking.

Police later found that Worrall had an active warrant for burglary from Northern York County Regional Police, along with three other traffic warrants.

No one else was hurt during the police pursuit or the two crashes, Teague said.

Police are asking people to avoid Main Street in Glen Rock between Church Street and Route 216 as the crash there is cleaned up.

Roy Shane Worrall

First carjacking: York Area Regional Police said the first carjacking happened about 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a store along Leader Heights Road.

Worrall brandished a knife at a woman while she was sitting in her car and told her to move to the passenger seat, police said.

She complied, but as soon as he was distracted getting into her car, she jumped out and ran inside the store, according to police.

Worrall took off in her car and crashed it in Glen Rock, police said.

In the second carjacking, Worrall drove off with the car's owner still inside the vehicle, York Area Regional Police said.

Officers from York Area and Southern Regional gave chase, and state troopers soon joined in, police said.

At that point, Worrall let the victim out of the vehicle and kept fleeing until he crashed while trying to negotiate a curve in the road, police said.

Roy Shane Worrall

'Like a bomb went off': Heather Elmore, who lives across the street from the Glen Rock Mill Inn, said she was in her home when the crash happened.

"I heard what sounded like a bomb went off," she said.

Elmore recalled seeing Worrall climbing out of the car after the crash. She called 911 and went down to him and began asking him questions. She asked him if he needed an ambulance, and he said yes, according to Elmore.

Elmore said another woman was with her as Elmore talked to dispatchers, when Worrall took off.

"I tried to stop him, but he took off," she recalled the other woman saying.

John Shako, who also lives across from the inn, said he was sitting on his porch during the crash.

"I heard a crash — one hell of a crash," he said.

He recalled Worrall bleeding "pretty good."

"I asked him if he wanted to sit down, and he took off," he said.

Both Elmore and Shako agreed that that part of the road is prone to crashes.

Shako said people "fly" down the road.

Despite that, Elmore said the crash was unlike anything she's heard before. She said it sounded like it should have involved four other vehicles.

"I've never heard a sound like that," she said.

Reopening Friday: Cindy Duzan, a co-owner of the Glen Rock Mill Inn, said the business will remain closed Thursday because the area is expected to be without power as electric crews repair a damaged utility pole.

"We expect to be open  (Friday) at 11 a.m., like normal," she said.

The building will be examined for damage, "to make sure everything's safe and secure," Duzan said, but it appears the bulk of the damage centered on the exterior stairway.

Main Street in Glen Rock near the Glen Rock Mill Inn will be closed for several hours while utility workers replace a pole following a car accident, Thursday Oct. 5, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

The crash will not affect the Glen Rock Mill Inn's Glen Rocktoberfest, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Ruins Park, 28 Enterprise St. in the borough, according to Duzan.

"We expect that event will go on as scheduled," she said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD. Reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.