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4th suspect charged in home invasions

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A fourth suspect has been charged in a home invasion robbery last year where two York County teens were tied up and in a second incident that night where a Franklintown man was beaten and shot.

Andre Highsmith, 18, of Alexandria, Va., faces criminal counts including robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, conspiracy, burglary, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint of a minor, theft and receiving stolen property, according to police and court documents.

He is currently being held in Virginia pending extradition to York County.

Police previously charged Leonard Charles Hayes III, 19, and Joseph Tyrone Henderson Jr., 17, both of Alexandria, Va., and 23-year-old Rico Carty Holmes II of Bethesda, Maryland, who was an active-duty soldier stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The 17-year-old victims told officers they were watching television in the early hours of Dec. 8 at a home in the 100 block of Whiskey Springs Road in Franklin Township when four people armed with guns and baseball bats walked in the front door, police said.

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

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.

About an hour after the robbery, the suspects entered the Franklintown apartment of a 24-year-old man as he slept, then assaulted and shot him multiple times, police said.

The victim was treated at a hospital and eventually released.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim identified Holmes as one of his attackers.

He told investigators he and Holmes had been in physical and verbal confrontations since Holmes had punched an acquaintance of his in the face at a party, and that Holmes had sent a text message threatening that he was "coming to shoot" him, the complaint states.


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