5 arrested in N. Codorus home invasion robbery in which 2 elderly residents were assaulted

Anthony Cabrera

Police have arrested five men in connection with a home-invasion robbery that injured an elderly couple in North Codorus Township in April.

On Tuesday, July 9, Southwestern Regional Police filed charges against Shareef Alex Williams, 22; James Howard Densby Jr., 22; Nicholas Kinte Trotter, 26; Joshua Mareel Romero, 27; and Anthony Cabrera, 18, alleging they were involved in the home invasion that injured an 80-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife on April 15.

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All five men are charged with robbery while inflicting serious injuries, attempted robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit those offenses, two counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor of possessing an instrument of crime.

Cabrera, of the 200 block of North Newberry Street, York City, is also charged with soliciting people to commit a robbery. Police said he knew of the victims.

Sgt. Jamie Stalcup, the department's officer in charge, said a shot was fired during the incident and that all five men fled before taking anything from the couple.

Police recovered a spent bullet casing at the scene, according to court documents.

Shareef Williams

Break-in: Charging documents state the five went to a home in the 3900 block of Bahn Avenue about 10:30 p.m. April 15.

Stalcup said the five knocked at a side door, which the man opened, but he didn't see anyone. He left to go to another door, and the side door was left open with the screen door still closed, according to Stalcup, who said the five men broke in through a screen door.

Police said the five forced the man to the ground and told him to go to the safe, then pushed him down the basement stairs.

Two of them approached his wife with guns, which they pointed at her face, then hit her multiple times, according to court documents. 

Nicholas Trotter

The man had to have surgery to treat his injuries, according to police. Stalcup said the woman did not suffer major injuries.

Police have said one of the men fired a gun during the struggle with one of the victims.

Video footage from outside the home showed five men going into the home and then running away from it, court documents state. 

Officer Bryn Lindenmuth was able to identify the five men through investigation, according to police. Stalcup said Lindenmuth was able to do so through forensics, suspect interviews, surveillance video and assistance from the community and other law enforcement.

Police said the men conspired to go to the victims' home with two guns and get an undisclosed amount of money inside. 

All five remain in York County Prison as of Thursday, July 11.

Joshua Romero

Densby, of the 300 block of East Maple Street, York City, was denied bail.

Romero, of the 300 block of South Kershaw Street, Springettsbury Township, had bail set at $1 million. Trotter, of the 500 block of West Philadelphia Street, York City, and Williams, of the 200 block of Carlisle Avenue, York City, had their bail set at $500,000.

Cabrera's bail was set at $750,000. At the time of his arrest, he was free on bail on theft charges from West Manchester Township.

None of the men have attorneys listed.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 22 at District Judge Thomas Reilly's office.

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

James Densby