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Police: Armed carjacker captured in York City home

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Ernest K. Dyer Jr.

Authorities have captured one of two men they say used a rifle to carjack someone in York City this week.

Ernest K. Dyer Jr., 19, was captured Friday, Jan. 11, in his home in the 500 block of South Queen Street, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

It was members of the marshals service's fugitive task force who captured Dyer without incident, the release states.

A Hi-Point 9 mm carbine rifle, with the butt stock removed, was recovered from Dyer's home during the arrest, according to Lt. William Wentz, who supervises the detective bureau.

Wentz said the victim had described the rifle brandished by one of the robbers as being like an AK-47, but police suspect it was the 9 mm rifle.

A 40-year-old Red Lion man was robbed of his vehicle about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, near the corner of West Boundary and Cleveland avenues.

The man was leaving a home in the area when he was approached by Dyer and another man who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s, according to Wentz.

York City Police said they seized this 9 mm rifle, with the butt stock removed, while arresting accused carjacker Ernest Dyer Jr. Police said Dyer used the rifle in a Jan. 9, 2019, carjacking.

Dyer demanded the Red Lion man give them his Audi, and when the man hesitated, Dyer's accomplice said, "Just shoot him," according to charging documents.

The victim then gave his keys to Dyer, who was the one wielding what appeared to be an assault rifle, charging documents state.

Both Dyer and the accomplice then took off in the victim's 2003 Audi sedan, Wentz said.

The man escaped physical injury, according to the lieutenant, who said the car was found and recovered a short time later near the corner of Beaver and West Jackson streets.

Ernest K. Dyer Jr.

Dyer was committed to York County Prison on $150,000 bail, charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit that offense, receiving stolen property, theft and simple assault, according to court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.