Police: Drunken man tried robbery in York City

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Four Loko-swigging Windsor Township man is now in York County Prison, accused of RUI — robbery under the influence.

Jeremy Scott Cerezo, 32, of the 1500 block of Karens Way, is in York County Prison on $35,000 bail. His actual charges are robbery, harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Jeremy Cerezo

According to charging documents filed by York City Police, Cerezo called out to Kyle Hollenbaugh in the 100 block of East Market Street about 5:20 p.m. Monday, March 19, and extended his hand, as if he wanted to shake hands.

But as they were shaking hands, Cerezo pulled Hollenbaugh in close and demanded $10 or the man's bank card, saying he had a gun, documents allege.

Hollenbaugh said he had no money on him, but Cerezo said he believed Hollenbaugh did have cash because he'd just seen Hollenbaugh walk out of a neighborhood store in the block, according to police.

Afraid he would be shot if he didn't comply, Hollenbaugh said he had money at his home, and Cerezo ordered Hollenbaugh to take him there, documents state.

'Off-the-wall stuff': As the two men walked, Hollenbaugh tried several times to stall Cerezo, who had positioned himself in such a way as to stop Hollenbaugh from fleeing, police said.

"A few times the suspect would yell at the victim some off-the-wall stuff while drinking from a gold Four Loko 23.5 ounce alcoholic drink," investigating Officer Sheldon Hooper wrote in charging documents.

When they got to the 300 block of East Market Street, Hollenbaugh got a phone call on his cellphone and answered it, making the most of playing up the call while checking the area for escape routes, according to Hooper.

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Ran into library: When Cerezo turned his back to talk to someone in a car, Hollenbaugh wasted no time, police said. He ran inside Martin Library for help and called 911.

Responding officers arrested Cerezo at the corner of East Market and Duke streets after he was identified by Hollenbaugh and by two eyewitnesses who realized something was amiss, documents state.

One of those eyewitnesses took a picture of Cerezo and the other tailed him on foot while on the phone with 911, according to police.

It's unclear whether Cerezo has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.