York City Police are searching for the man they say is connected to the shooting death of a 17-year-old in York City Sunday night.

Police are searching for 20-year-old Marquis "Marky" Treavon Butts, wanted in connection with the Sunday, Oct. 21, homicide of Ruban Dejesus, according to a news release from the department.

Charging documents state that Butts and Dejesus attempted to rob a drug dealer in the 600 block of Linden Avenue Sunday night, and Dejesus was shot in the process. 

Once arrested, Butts, of the 500 block of South Duke Street, will be charged with homicide, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

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Dejesus was shot in the upper torso, and he was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about two hours alter.

Incident: According to charging documents filed by officer Zachary Pelton, a drug dealer had agreed to meet with Dejesus and sell him marijuana Sunday night.

Police said Butts accompanied Dejesus to the 600 block of Linden Avenue around 11:30 p.m. The two had planned to rob the drug dealer of marijuana, documents state.

When they tried to take the marijuana from the dealer, the dealer pulled out a gun and fired a shot, causing both Butts and Dejesus to flee, Pelton wrote in court documents.

Butts then heard the Dejesus grunt and fall to the ground, officials said. Butts then fled the scene, according to authorities.

Three witnesses reported hearing one gunshot and seeing two people flee, officials said. They told police they found Dejesus on the ground, groaning, documents state.

Charging documents do not identify the drug dealer. Lt. William Wentz, who supervises the city detective bureau, said Thursday, Oct. 25, that information was still under investigation.

"We have an idea of who it is — it's still an ongoing investigation," Wentz said.

Wentz also added that investigators believe there were at least three people involved in the shooting.

The department said Butts is 5-feet-7, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

Anyone with information about Butts' whereabouts or the shooting can call York City Police at 717-846-1234 or text tips by sending "Yorktips" followed by the information to 847-411 or using the York City Police app. Texting is the best method of conveying information about this incident, and it is anonymous, police said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.


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