Police: York College robbery suspect runs across Route 30

  • Laquan Rumsey, 19, wanted in a York College robbery, ran across Route 30 to avoid arrest Tuesday, police said.
  • Rumsey remains in York County Prison in lieu of $85,000 bail.

A man wanted in a York College robbery last October was arrested after darting across Route 30 in Manchester Township, months after the robbery, according to police.

Northern York County Regional Police say Laquan Calvin Monroe Rumsey, 19, led an officer on a chase from the Sheetz on Route 30 to the parking lot of the Starbucks on the other side of Route 30.

Rumsey, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of West King Street, West York, is charged with resisting arrest.

Laquan Rumsey

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Sheetz: Officer Maxwell Ruby was called to the Sheetz at 215 Arsenal Road  about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, after someone called 911 reporting that three men were overheard saying they were going to rob the store, court documents allege.

When Ruby arrived, an employee at the store said everything was OK as far as she knew.

Ruby went inside the store and only noticed a man in a beanie, later identified as Rumsey, at the front register, police said. The only other people inside were employees.

Rumsey's beanie looked like a black ski mask that was rolled up on his head, charging documents state. Police say Ruby then spoke to Rumsey outside the store, where he asked him if the beanie was a ski mask.

Rumsey said it was a ski mask and said he was heading back to the Motel 6, police said. Ruby wrote in charging documents that Rumsey seemed "extremely nervous" and was looking around as they were talking.

Ruby asked Rumsey for his ID, and Rumsey said he didn't have it on him, police said. 

The officer spotted Rumsey's wallet, and Rumsey pulled out his wallet, looked through it and said he didn't have his ID, court documents allege.

Ruby wrote that he spotted Rumsey's ID in the wallet and told him to hand it over.

'Took off running': Not long after handing the ID to Ruby, police say Rumsey "took off running" through the parking lot of Sheetz.

He then went across Toronita Street and through a parking lot of Enterprise Rent-A-Car before jumping over a small fence at the front of the business, court documents state.

After he jumped over the fence, police say Rumsey began running across Route 30. Ruby wrote that he saw no traffic going eastbound and followed Rumsey.

Rumsey then made his way across the westbound lane with Ruby behind him, causing one car to quickly stop to avoid hitting them, charging documents allege.

Rumsey continued running into the parking lot of the Motel 6 and then cut through a grass area before running to the rear parking lot of Starbucks, police said. 

Rumsey was slowing down, and at this point a Springettsbury Township Police officer showed up to help Ruby, court documents state. The two managed to stop Rumsey and ordered him to the ground, according to police.

He was found to have a gun-shaped pocket knife on him after his arrest, court documents state.

He was taken to central booking where he was arraigned on the charges.

Robbery: Spring Garden Township Police say Rumsey robbed one person and tried to rob two others at York College on Oct. 29.

Police say about 1:50 a.m. that day he approached two people near the college's dorms and tried to rip the backpack off  one of them. He pulled a gun on them, court documents state, before he was pulled away by his friends.

Rumsey later approached another person near the dorms and told that person he had a "beef" with him, police said.

The victim didn't know what Rumsey was talking about, and Rumsey then pulled a gun on him and asked him to empty his pocket, charging documents allege. The victim didn't have anything, and police say Rumsey got him to the ground. Rumsey then walked off, court documents state.

Rumsey later ran up behind another man in the parking lot, pointed a gun at the man's chest and told him to give him his cellphone, according to police.

He ordered the man to give him the unlock code, then ran off with the cellphone, charging documents allege.

Rumsey is charged with robbery, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property. Charges were filed Nov. 3, and he was arraigned on them Wednesday, Jan. 17.

He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $85,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

A preliminary hearing  for Rumsey is scheduled for Feb. 8 at District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy's Office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser