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West York Police: Men beat, kicked, shot at teen, locked him in refrigerated room

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
West York Police said two men beat, kicked and shot at a 17-year-old who tried to steal a vehicle on Sept. 15, 2020. The men also are accused of locking the teen in a refrigerated room inside a nearby gas station store.

West York Police arrested two men last week accused of violently attacking a teenage would-be thief, locking him in the refrigerated room of a local gas station, then shooting at him when he escaped.

Alfred Carr, 26, of the first block of East College Avenue in York City, was arrested Thursday and charged with false imprisonment, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and harassment.

After his arrest and preliminary arraignment, Carr was released Thursday on $10,000 bail, documents state.

West York Detective David Kahley filed the charges Oct. 13 — the same day he and other officers arrested Carr's alleged accomplice, Jaimire Wooten, according to court documents.

Wooten, 22, of the first block of South Highland Avenue in West York, remains in York County Prison on $100,000 bail, charged with the same offenses Carr is facing, plus a charge of making a false report.

Alfred Carr

Police said that last offense was filed because Wooten lied to investigators after being captured, leading them to believe "an unprovoked shooter" was on the loose.

Both men's preliminary hearings are scheduled for Nov. 9 before District Judge Jennifer Clancy.

Wooten suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the Sept. 15 incident. Police said he was accidentally shot during the incident.

He was shot in the leg and foot, according to charging documents, and falsely claimed someone jumped out of a breezeway and started shooting at him.

The allegations: A 17-year-old told officers he was walking down the street near the York Fuel Stop at 1129 W. Market St. about 10:15 p.m. Sept. 15 when he saw an unoccupied vehicle that had been left running and decided to steal it.

He got into the vehicle and tried to drive away, "but chose against it and exited the vehicle," documents state.

That's when he was chased by Carr and Wooten, who caught up with him and attacked him, police allege.

Video surveillance from the gas station shows Carr and Wooten punching and kicking the teen, then knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the face, chest and legs, charging documents state.

Jaimire Wooten

The attack lasted more than two minutes, police said, after which the two men chased the teen into the York Fuel Stop store, where they wouldn't let him leave and kept him confined in the store's refrigeration unit, documents allege.

Neither Carr nor Wooten works there, according to police, who said that while the on-duty gas station employee wasn't involved in the attack, he didn't call 911 either. The station owner did not return messages left seeking comment.

The teen escaped from the store after 7½ minutes, but Carr and Wooten chased him again, police said.

The teen told officers he heard gunshots as he was running away and hid until he could make his way to the nearby home of a family member, documents state.

Wooten was inadvertently shot during that volley of gunfire, police allege.

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

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