Cash reward possible for capture of York's Matthew Hughes Jr.

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

The tipster who provides police with information that leads to the capture of 19-year-old Matthew Lynn Hughes Jr. could be eligible for a cash reward, according to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

Hughes, whose last known address was in the 300 block of South Sherman Street in York City, should be considered armed and dangerous, Crime Stoppers warned.

Matthew L. Hughes Jr. is wanted in a shooting on March 7. York County Sheriff's Office photo

He is wanted for allegedly shooting a man behind the York County Judicial Center in early March, connected to a murder trial that was going on at the time.

Hughes also is wanted for allegedly pointing a gun at the mother of his child, putting a knife to her stomach and threatening to kill her on Christmas Eve 2017, according to court documents.

In addition to York City, Hughes is known to frequent Red Lion, according to Crime Stoppers.

He is 5-feet-6, weighs 135 pounds, with brown hair and eyes and has numerous tattoos.

Shooting: Hughes and Shyquel Folk, 15, are accused of shooting Derek Dorsey at the corner of North Duke Street and East Clarke Avenue about 2:30 p.m. March 7.

Dorsey, 32, of Baltimore, survived being shot in the leg.

He is the cousin of Vernon Cox Jr., who at the time of the shooting was on trial for the murder of Ryan Small, according to Cox' defense attorney, Jennifer Smith. Cox has since been convicted of Small's murder.

Hughes is either the stepbrother or half brother of Small, Smith said.

Folk has been arrested and is charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and six counts of reckless endangerment. He remains in York County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Hughes is facing the same charges, once captured, according to charging documents.

Police found 16 spent shell casings at the scene, and witnesses told investigators that two males fired guns, according to police.

Assaulted woman: Hughes also is wanted for allegedly attacking the mother of his child on Christmas Eve. The woman was beaten and threatened with a gun and knife, police have said.

Hughes allegedly put a knife against her back, pointed a gun at her, threatened to kill her and punched and choked her, according to charging documents.

At the time of the attack, Hughes was already a fugitive wanted on a parole violation, according to court records.

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Convicted felon: In that case, Hughes is facing charges that include being a convicted felon in former possession of a firearm, flight to avoid apprehension, strangulation, simple assault, making terroristic threats, fleeing or eluding police and other offenses.

Police said Hughes violated parole on a previous conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

People who know the whereabouts of Hughes are asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll-free at 800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for cash rewards.

Or call York City Police at 717-846-1234. People also can text "Yorktips" and their information to 847-411.

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