Guilty plea in Coatesville rob­bery

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21stcen­tu­ry­media.com @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER >> The gun­man at the head of a home in­va­sion rob­bery who threat­ened to shoot and kill three peo­ple and kid­nap two of them pleaded guilty to rob­bery and con­spir­acy charges Tues­day.

Tyreek A. Brickus, 19, of Coatesville, en­tered the open pleas be­fore Com­mon Pleas Judge Phyl­lis Stre­i­tel, who will sen­tence him at a later date.

She or­dered that a pre-sen­tenc­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion be com­pleted to give her a bet­ter pic­ture of his back­ground.

Ac­cord­ing to Assistant District At­tor­ney An­drea Car­da­mone, who is pros­e­cut­ing Brickus and his three al­leged ac­com­plices in the crime, Brickus held three peo­ple at gun­point in­side a home in the 300 block of East Ch­est­nut Street in Coatesville in the early morn­ing hours of May 8.

Coatesville po­lice were able to in­ter­rupt the rob­bery while it was in progress af­ter one of the vic­tims was able to sur­rep­ti­tiously call 911, and the emer­gency call taker rec­og­nized what was hap­pen­ing and alerted po­lice dis­patch­ers.

Car­da­mone told Stre­i­tel that Brickus’ voice could be heard on the 911 record­ing threat­en­ing to shoot one of the vic­tims in the head. Brickus was ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney, Evan Kelly of West Ch­ester, dur­ing the brief pro­ceed­ing be­fore Stre­i­tel.

Of­fi­cer Ge­orge Carl­son ar­rived at the scene of the rob­bery as Brickus was ap­par­ently try­ing to force two of the vic­tims into the truck of a car be­long­ing to one of them — with the in­tent of driv­ing them to an­other lo­ca­tion where he thought he would be able to steal more than the $200 he had taken from in­side the home.

Carl­son chased Brickus and the young man ran from the scene through back­yards, dump­ing the hand­gun he used in the rob­bery, am­mu­ni­tion, and a mask he wore as he fled. His three al­leged ac­com­plices — Donique Griffy, 20; Basil Simms, 23; and Hec­tor Ti­rado, 20 — were stopped a short while later af­ter one of the vic­tims told of­fi­cers that the car they were in had been at the scene just be­fore the rob­bery oc­curred.

The three ac­com­plices are await­ing trial. All are be­ing held in lieu of bail at Ch­ester County Prison.

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