Police seek woman accused in 2018 robbery

Lamiira Holton

York City Police are searching for a woman accused of robbing a man who, at the time, was wanted for robbing someone himself.

The department said in a news release Monday, Sept. 2, that officers were trying to find 25-year-old Lamira Holton. 

Holton, 25-year-old Devante Dalvin Shorts and an unknown person robbed Vernon Lewis Daniels Jr. on May 15, 2018, according to authorities.

Online court records state Shorts was arrested about three months after the incident. Holton remained on the lam as of Monday, Sept. 9.

She faces charges of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Shorts was charged with the same offenses. On Thursday, Sept. 5, Shorts pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft, and he was sentenced to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison, according to online court records. The remaining charges were dismissed as a result of his plea.

Both Holton and Shorts are of the 600 block of Courtland Street in York City.

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

Devante shorts, pictured in a February 2017 mugshot.

Robbery: According to court documents, Daniels was expecting visitors at the rear door of his home on May 21, 2018, but was surprised when he saw three people: Shorts, Holton and an unidentified 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 said Daniels' 2-year-old son was present at the time.

Daniels tried to defend himself and keep his son out of the way, but he was repeatedly hit by Shorts and Holton, according to officials.

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

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

The victim was arrested after the alleged assault.

In October, Daniels pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, and his other charges related to the incident were dismissed. 

He was sentenced to one year minus one day to two years minus two days in York County Prison, with credit for time served. Online prison records state Daniels has since been released from prison.

Officer Derek Hartman, the York City Police Department's spokesman, said investigators have not identified the third woman involved in the 2018 incident.

Anyone with information on Holton's whereabouts or the third person involved is asked to contact police at 717-846-1234 or text "Yorktips" and the information to 847-411.

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