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Active-duty soldier charged in 2nd home invasion

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An active-duty soldier from Maryland has been charged in a second home invasion in York County.

Rico Carty Holmes II, 23, of Bethesda, is believed to be one of several armed intruders who in the early hours of Dec. 8 entered a Franklintown apartment, surrounded a 24-year-old man as he slept, then assaulted and shot him, according to state police in York.

The unidentified victim was shot multiple times but managed to escape the apartment in the first block of S. Baltimore Street, police said. He was transported to a local hospital and eventually was released.

Holmes was previously arrested for a similar home invasion robbery in Franklin Township that occurred about 45-60 minutes earlier.

In that incident, two 17-year-olds were watching television at a home in the 100 block of Whiskey Springs Road when four people armed with guns and baseball bats walked in the front door, according to Northern York County Regional police.

The teens had their hands and feet bound and their mouths covered with duct tape before the intruders stole semi-automatic rifles and ammunition, police said.

Authorities said one of the boys recognized Holmes, who had been to a party at the home two weeks earlier and had seen a gun collection belonging to the teen's father.

Holmes, who is active duty in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was taken into custody at the military base that evening.

State police charged him with attempted homicide, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, simple assault and recklessly endangering in connection with the Franklintown incident.

His bail at York County Prison was set at $500,000.

He was already in prison on $100,000 bail for the home invasion in Franklin Township.

In that incident, he has been charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, receiving stolen property, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass.

Police have named no other suspects, but said additional arrests are pending.


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