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Teen accused in Windsor Twp. home invasion
A 17-year-old faces charges as an adult after police say he was one of five people who participated in a Windsor Township home invasion last summer.
York Area Regional Police say Jose Angel Toro Jr. was with Amarryllies Betsieanne Toro, 18, Anthony Kiel Cruz, 35, Betsy Amaryllys Cruz, 33, and a 14-year-old when they broke into a home on Aug. 14.
Jose Toro, of the 400 block of East King Street, York City, faces charges of robbery, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Charges were filed Monday, Feb. 12, and as of Wednesday, Feb. 14, he had not been arraigned on them.
York Area Regional Police Chief Tim Damon said it took so long to file charges because officials had to wait until the York County District Attorney's Office gave them approval to direct file charges for Jose Toro as an adult.
Invasion: Police were sent to the home for a report of a burglary in progress about 10:30 a.m. Aug. 14.
The resident told police that people he knew had broken into his house while he was sleeping.
Police say the group kicked in the basement door then went into the upstairs of the home. Once inside, they shattered a mirror and a TV screen, documents state.
The group took a knife, an ax and pepper spray upstairs, where police say they sprayed the resident in the face. They stole his phone, wallet, PlayStation 4 and his keys, documents allege.
Tried to flee: Police say the resident began to run outside, but Anthony Cruz held him and began fighting him.
During the fighting, the resident recalled Amarryllies Toro going inside his house with Jose Toro and a 14-year-old, and when they came out, Amarryllies Toro and Jose Toro threatened the resident, documents state.
Amarryllies Toro was holding the knife, and Jose Toro was holding the ax, police said.
Police said the group also hit the outside breaker box with the ax, causing significant damage to the multiple breakers in the house. The damage left the house without power, court documents state.
Amarryllies Toro, Jose Toro and the 14-year-old juvenile fled the scene in a silver SUV, according to charging documents.
Couldn't leave: Although the Toros and the juvenile left, Anthony Cruz and Betsy Cruz stayed behind, according to police.
The Cruzes couldn't leave because Anthony Cruz lost his car keys during the altercation with the resident, documents state.
The resident was able to run to a neighbor's home, where he called 911.
Debit card usage: Following the home invasion, police say, the victim's debit card was used at Rutter's, Pizza Hut, Walmart and Sheetz.
Surveillance video from Walmart showed both Toros and the juvenile in the store, using the card, documents state. The three were seen leaving in a silver SUV, according to police.
Amarryllies Toro was charged in October, and the Cruzes were charged in August. A trial date has not yet been set.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.