W. Manchester chief: Attempted homicide suspect turns himself in
A York City man wanted on an attempted homicide charge turned himself in last week after eluding authorities for nearly a year, according to police.
West Manchester Township Police Chief John Snyder said that Tayvaughn Chandler-Hope surrendered at the county's central booking center May 17.
Police said Chandler-Hope shot at a car in the early morning hours of June 25, when the driver of the car he was in and the driver of a car behind them got into an altercation.
Chandler-Hope, 19, of the 200 block of West Cottage Place, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm and recklessly endangering another person.
Police had been searching for him since late June. In July, the department was asking for the public's help locating him.
Allegations: West Manchester Township Police say Chandler-Hope was sitting in the back seat of a car in the early morning hours of June 25, when the driver of the car he was in and the driver of a car behind them began passing and brake-checking each other.
That happened to the point where police allege Chandler-Hope's car stopped in the middle of the road and Chandler-Hope fired at the other car.
Police spoke with the victim about 1 p.m. on the day of the incident.
The victim explained that he went to a bar for a beer, then left about 2 a.m. He went to the White Dove car wash on West Market Street, then headed home by going west on West Market Street.
He said a vehicle approached him from behind and started tailgating him as he came up on East Berlin Road, police said.
The victim told police that the car passed him on the left, then brake-checked him, documents state. The victim then passed that car on the left and brake-checked them, meaning he applied his brakes suddenly, police said.
This continued up West Market Street, and police say the victim gave the driver the middle finger and yelled obscenities.
At one point, the vehicle, described as a blue Nissan Xterra, stopped across the road, blocking it, police said. The victim said that a passenger got out and displayed a handgun, documents state.
Shooting: The victim then tried driving around the vehicle on the left, and two other passengers got out and displayed handguns, according to court documents. He told police that he ducked down, drove past the vehicle and struck the driver's side door as he drove by, police said.
He said he heard gunshots right after he passed the car, documents state. He told police he wasn't familiar with the area but added that the vehicle must have stopped somewhere along West Market Street before the Route 30 bypass.
The victim told officials that when he got to the traffic light at Route 616, the Xterra was behind him again, and he continued hearing gunshots, police said. He turned left onto Route 616 and then right onto Wolf's Church Road, where he said he believes he heard the majority of the shots that were fired, court documents state.
He came to a split in the road and turned off his car's lights, and police say he then went home.
Through investigation, police were able to determine that Chandler-Hope was sitting in the rear driver's side seat of the car, and that he fired a gun at the victim's car as it drove off, documents state.
Chandler-Hope was one of five people in the vehicle, police said, and he had just left a party that night.
Police were able to locate two gray pieces that appear to be from the inside of a vehicle door and a 9 mm shell casing in the area of Wolf's Church Road and Alwine Avenue, court documents allege. Chandler-Hope allegedly fired his gun about five times, police said.
Police say a neighbor near there found three 9 mm shell casings, and the casings were given to police.
Chandler-Hope's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 4, at District Judge Keith Albright's office.
A message left for his attorney seeking comment Wednesday, May 23, was not immediately returned.
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