'Armed and dangerous' suspect wanted for assaulting two women, robbing one: Police

Brandon Addeo
York Dispatch
Dakota James Toms

Update: Toms apparently shot himself Monday afternoon after a pursuit with state troopers in Virginia, police said. Read the update here

Original post: Police are looking for an "armed and dangerous" suspect in two assaults and one armed robbery, both on Sunday. 

Dakota James Toms, 28, of Abbottstown, Adams County, faces charges including robbery, receiving stolen property, strangulation, carrying a firearm without a license, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. 

Toms' charges are through Northern York County Regional Police and Carroll Township Police for two separate incidents. 

First incident: Just before 6 p.m., Northern York County Regional Police responded to a motel on Lincoln Highway in Paradise Township for a reported assault, according to a news release.

A woman told officers Toms broke into motel room by kicking in a window air conditioner. He then allegedly choked the woman and banged her head against a wall.

There was a second woman at the scene who tried to intervene when she heard the first woman screaming; Toms allegedly pulled a knife on the second woman before stealing her car and leaving the scene, the release states. 

Second incident: Carroll Township Police responded to South Second Street in Dillsburg just before 11:30 p.m. The second woman told officers that Toms confronted her and asked if she called police on him in the earlier incident, another news release states. 

When the woman confirmed she did, Toms then prepared to leave in her vehicle, which he still had. The woman tried to take her car keys back, but Toms allegedly pointed a gun at her, grabbed her neck and threw her to the ground, the release states. 

Police asked the public to look out for the vehicle, a 2018 gray Jeep Compass with a Pennsylvania license plate, HTB8031.

"Anyone who observes the vehicle is asked to dial 911 and not to make contact with Toms as he is considered armed and dangerous," Carroll Township Police said in their release. 

Northern York County Regional Police also asked anyone with information to contact them by calling 717-467-TELL (8355), or by emailing tips@nycrpd.org.