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Two York City residents are accused of assaulting and robbing a man who is also accused of robbing two teenagers in 2015, according to officials.

York City Police say Devante Dalvin Shorts and Lamira Caprice Holton broke into a home in the 600 block of East Market Street and robbed Vernon Lewis Daniels Jr. on Tuesday, May 15.

Shorts and Holton, both 24, of the 600 block of Courtland Street, face charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Daniels, 23, of the 700 block of Manor Street, is accused in a robbery in Dover Township in November 2015, according to police.

Broke in: According to court documents, Daniels was expecting company at the rear door of the home on Tuesday but was surprised when he saw three people: Shorts, Holton and a third person who is only identified as a black woman.

Shorts immediately hit Daniels in the face, which forced him backward into the kitchen, according to officials.

Shorts entered the kitchen and continued hitting Daniels while Holton began hitting him with a 2- to 3-foot-long metal pipe, court documents allege.

Police say Daniels' 2-year-old son was present at the time.

Daniels tried defending himself and tried keeping his son out of the way, but he was repeatedly hit by Shorts and hit with the pipe by Holton, according to officials.

Daniels ran out the front door and into the street before coming back inside, documents state. Police say the three were gone, but the unidentified woman took two video game systems before leaving.

Daniels had a split lip and a large bandage on his forehead, which was covering a gash that was bleeding, court documents state. He said his right shoulder hurt, and his tooth was knocked loose, according to officials.

He had a 1-inch-long cut above his eye, and he had several marks on his back where he was struck with the pipe, documents state.

Charges were filed for Shorts and Holt on Wednesday, May 16, and as of Wednesday, May 30, they have not been arraigned on them.

Daniels: At the time of the alleged assault and robbery, Daniels himself was wanted for a robbery that occurred in Dover Township in November 2015, according to officials.

Northern York County Regional Police say Daniels tackled a 15-year-old on Nov. 25, 2015.

The teenager was watching two of his classmates fight behind the Bob Hoffman YMCA at 1705 Palomino Drive about 5:30 p.m. when Daniels and another man tackled him, according to court documents.

The teen lost his iPhone 4, and a juvenile he was with was beaten to the point that he had to go to the hospital, officials said.

Officers found two large machetes and two sheaths at the scene, along with a knit hat, documents state. 

Police spoke to someone who watched the fight who told police he brought Daniels to the fight as "backup" and Daniels brought his friend with him, according to police.

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He had no idea Daniels and his friend were going to rob anyone, and he found out about it when the two came back to his car and told him to get out of the area, court documents state.

The two were driven to York City after the robbery, officials said.

Charges for Daniels were filed Jan. 21, 2016, and it wasn't until Wednesday — the morning after the alleged York City robbery — that he was arraigned on them.

He is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, theft and two counts each of attempted simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

Daniels' preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 25 at District Judge David Eshbach's office.

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

 

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