Police: York City man fired into group of motorcyclists, killing one

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
Dasean Damont Morris

An 18-year-old York City man fired into a group of motorcyclists on July 31 in a shooting that killed a Carbon County man, according to charging documents. 

Dasean Damont Morris, of the 800 block of Wayne Avenue, was charged with homicide on Wednesday. He was denied bail and was taken to York County Prison. 

Morris is accused of shooting Kyle Hagenbuch, 26, of Lehighton, Carbon County, around 7:30 p.m. July 31 in the 900 block of East Clarke Avenue. Hagenbuch died at 10:41 a.m. Aug. 2 at York Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.

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Dasean Damont Morris

York City Police Officer Derek Hartman, who serves as the department’s spokesperson, said Morris was arrested and taken into custody Tuesday night after a traffic stop in the 600 block of East South Street. 

“It was an unrelated incident, but he did have a gun in his possession,” Hartman said. “There wasn’t a warrant out for his arrest before that.”

Police said they found a Glock handgun in Morris’ front right pocket with a live round in it, according to charging documents. Morris was driving a Toyota Corolla with a Florida registration.

In addition to the homicide charge, Morris also is facing one felony count of carrying a firearm without a license and misdemeanor count for possession of marijuana from the second incident. He faces Sept. 1 preliminary hearings in both cases before District Judge Linda Williams, according to online court records.

York City Police said they found multiple witnesses and the victim, Hagenbuch, when they arrived in the 900 block of East Clarke Avenue on July 31, according to charging documents in the homicide case.

In video footage, a black car can be seen driving east past a group of motorcyclists. After passing the group, the vehicle slowed down and stopped, police said.  

“During that brief period of time, the driver is seen coming out of the driver side of the vehicle and at the time the group of motorcyclists are seen flinching and ducking,” according to charging documents. “The victim is struck and falls to the ground.”

The vehicle fled west on East Clark Avenue. An unidentified person returned fire but did not strike Morris, Hartman said. The person told police he struck the back of the vehicle at least once.

Witnesses told police a young man was driving the vehicle, later identified as an 2006 Acura XL. He had dreadlocks pulled up in a ponytail and had a temporary tag in the back window of his vehicle, charging documents state.  

Hartman said officers relied on witnesses and surveillance video from various businesses on East Clarke Avenue to identify Morris as the suspect in the case.

On Aug. 5, police conducted a search warrant for Morris’ listed address on Wayne Avenue and obtained a bag containing cut-off dreadlock-style hair, black pants, a 30-round Glock magazine with live 9 mm ammunition and identification with his address, according to charging documents.

Police said they also obtained receipts of recent purchases Morris had made and still surveillance photos from Rutter’s of Morris from the day of the incident. He had dreadlock-style hair, about shoulder length.

Police said they also obtained text messages saying Morris had a new car and another from a woman saying he had cut his hair off, according to charging documents.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.