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Police: York City brothers had stolen and altered guns, ammunition after chase

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Victor Andres Ferrer Bonilla, 18, of York City
Alex Javier Bonilla, 20, of York City

York City Police seized two guns and multiple live rounds of ammunition from two brothers after chasing one of them, police said. 

Victor Andres Ferrer Bonilla, 18, of York City, is charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, possessing a firearm with manufacturing number altered and receiving stolen property, all felonies.

His brother, Alex Javier Bonilla, 20, of York City, is charged with possessing a firearm with manufacturing number altered and receiving stolen property, both felonies. 

York City Police were patrolling at 1:57 p.m. Nov. 3 in the 800 block of West Poplar Street when they saw Victor Bonilla with a gun in his front pocket, police said. 

Victor Bonilla got into a car and began driving with police in pursuit. He started picking up speed and ran through a red light, according to police.

Officers were unable to catch up to his car, but they soon found him again parked outside his house in the 800 block of West Poplar Street. Once police arrived ,Victor Bonilla sped off again, police said.

"Officers were able to box the vehicle in and the driver exited the vehicle and ran on foot," charging documents state. "After a foot chase, I was able to apprehend him to the rear of 822 West Princess Street." 

During an interview, Victor Bonilla told police that when he was driving his car with cops in pursuit, he didn't stop because he didn't have a driver's license, police allege.

Victor Bonilla also did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon, police said.

Later, police received a search warrant for Victor and Alex Bonilla's residence on West Poplar Street. During the search, two guns were found — one was confirmed by the National Crime Information Center to be stolen, and the other had an obliterated serial number, police allege.

Multiple live rounds of ammunition were also found, police said. 

Alex Bonilla told police that the room that contained the guns was his bedroom, according to charging documents. 

Victor Bonilla, who is also charged with the summary offenses of failing to stop at a red signal and driving without a license, is in York County Prison unable to post bail, which has been set at $125,000, according to court documents. 

Alex Bonilla is also in York County Prison, unable to post bail, which has been set at $100,000. 

Victor and Alex Bonilla's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 with District Judge Joel Toluba. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.