Three accused in York City armed robbery, shooting

Three people are accused of setting up a robbery that eventually led to a shooting in York City that left an Adams County man in critical condition for days, according to police.

Daekwon Smith

York City Police say Daekwon Rashad Smith, Nathaniel Nashawn Handy and Jonathan Daniel Rivera were responsible for the attempted robbery that hospitalized 33-year-old Anthony Brackbill on April 13.

According to court documents, Rivera and Handy pointed guns at Brackbill during the robbery, and one of them shot Brackbill. 

Smith, 22, of the 100 block of East College Avenue, is charged with robbery, robbery threatening immediate serious injury, conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted drug delivery and criminal use of a communications facility.

Rivera, 17, of the 1200 block of East Philadelphia Street, and Handy, 19, of the first block of North Seward Street, face charges of aggravated assault and robbery. Handy also faces a charge of prohibited possession of a firearm. Rivera will be charged as an adult.

Lt. Gene Fells, who supervises the city's detective bureau, said Tuesday, June 5, that all of them have been taken into custody. According to online court records, Rivera and Handy had not yet been arraigned on the charges as of Tuesday afternoon.

Fells also said a fourth 17-year-old is expected to be charged in the incident, but as of Tuesday afternoon he had not been taken into custody.

Nathaniel Handy, pictured in a 2016 mugshot

Robbery: According to court documents, Brackbill, of Aspers, had arranged to purchase $500 worth of crack cocaine from Smith on April 13.

Brackbill and another person in his car drove to the 500 block of East South Street about 10 p.m. that day. A man in his 20s wearing a puffy coat entered the back of Brackbill's car and asked if he had the money, charging documents state.

Brackbill said he did, and another person in a puffy coat got into the back seat, pulled a handgun out, cocked it, and demanded money from him, police said.

Brackbill left the vehicle, and the two in the back seat followed, court documents state. Police say Brackbill threw money at one of the suspects in an effort to get the gun out of his hand, but he was shot several times.

Rivera and Handy, who police say pointed the gun at Brackbill, fled from the scene. 

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Picked up: Police stopped an SUV about 10:45 p.m. near the McDonald's on South George Street and found the 17-year-old driving Handy and Smith, officials said.

Police were looking for the SUV because a witness observed it leaving the scene of the shooting, according to officials.

Smith was arrested for a warrant and gave authorities his cellphone number, charging documents state. While looking through Brackbill's phone, police say they found 15 calls between Brackbill and Smith between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. that night. 

Talking to officials, Smith said that Brackbill had ordered $500 worth of crack from him, police said. Brackbill, according to police, is the brother of one of Smith's customers.

Smith told authorities that Rivera admitted to shooting Brackbill and that he and Handy scolded Rivera for shooting Brackbill instead of hitting him, documents state.

Police said Smith and the 17-year-old were waiting in the car while Rivera and Handy committed the robbery. They did not take the money that Brackbill threw at them, according to officials.

Rivera was dropped off before police pulled over the SUV, charging documents state.

Brackbill was taken to York Hospital, where he had emergency surgery and remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit for several days, police said. 

Smith was sent to York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

Criminal records: Handy was charged in March 2016 as an adult after York City Police said he shot someone in February 2016.

According to officials, Handy confronted the victim in Albemarle Park after he heard that the victim was telling people Handy was involved in shootings.

The two were about to fight, police said, when Handy pulled out a revolver, prompting the victim to run. He shot the victim in the left arm while he ran away, court documents state.

Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office, said the matter was transferred to juvenile court.

Smith was charged in September 2015 with shooting a juvenile in York City, according to police. 

He was among three people charged at the time, according to police. 

Online court records indicate that he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to one to two years in prison.

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