Two brothers face homicide charges in connection with the May 3 shooting death of a 41-year-old York City resident, according to a press release from the York City Police Department.
Ryan Craig Strada, 20, was arrested Thursday with help from the US Marshals Service, police said. There is an arrest warrant for Nicholas Strada, 17.
The brothers face homicide, theft and burglary charges, the statement said. Ryan Strada faces two counts of criminal homicide as well as theft with grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to commit the theft, burglary with bodily harm and conspiracy to commit the robbery. All are first degree crimes.
Ryan Strada had not been arraigned Thursday afternoon, according to court records, and no criminal record has been identified for Nicholas Strada.
The charges stem from a botched theft of marijuana that resulted in the shooting death of Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, 41, previously named Jennifer Jean Makos, authorities said.
Spirit was shot in the stomach around 11:30 p.m. on May 3 inside the home of his friend, Oscar Fink, in the 300 block of Smyser Street, police said. She was rushed to WellSpan York Hospital, where she died during surgery, police said.
“This is another homicide related to the street level marijuana trade,” the police press release said. “Since 2017, five of the homicides in the City of York have been linked to marijuana.”
Four other people have previously been charged with the crimes of theft, burglary and conspiracy to commit the two homicide-related offenses: Oscar David Cook, 19, of Spring Garden Township; Michael Page Stewart, 22, of Harrisburg; Jayden Tyler Landis, 18, from the Manchester area; and Phillip Cornelius Sullivan, 18, of York Haven.
Shot on marijuana: The Smyser Street house was targeted because the accused wanted to steal a pound of marijuana from Fink that they believed had stolen from the Strada brothers, prosecution documents show.
The men went to Fink’s house that night and the Strada brothers brought a gun, the prosecution documents say. They made their way inside the house, where one of the brothers assaulted Fink while the other brother held the other occupants of the house at bay with the weapon, according to charging documents.
I tried to defend a friend: Spirit attempted to defend Fink and get the attackers out of the house, police said.
It was then that one of the Strada brothers shot her, according to prosecution documents.
Spirit was hearing impaired and wore hearing aids, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay. It is not known if she could hear what the thieves were saying.
All of the suspects fled the residence after Spirit was shot, police said.
Cook is being held in York County Jail on $ 750,000 bond. Stewart and Landis remain free after posting 10% of their respective bond amounts, $ 5,000 and $ 15,000. Sullivan is free with an unsecured bond of $ 25,000, which means he doesn’t have to deposit any money but could lose that amount if he misses legal proceedings.
– Senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo contributed to this article. Contact Harper Ho at [email protected] or via Twitter at @howdyhoharper.