YORK — Social Media can be a very dangerous forum for individuals who want to cause harm to others.

 

On Jan. 27 a 35-year-old male had been lured to a residence in York via Social Media where he was brutally attacked by several people. His cell phone and wallet was stolen.

 

“Members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit, and Command Staff immediately began investigating the incident,” Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said. “

It is alleged that the victim was lured to the residence via social media. Once the victim was at the residence he was brought inside the residence, attacked by several people who were inside the residence, and had his wallet and cell phone stolen. The victim was able to make it back to his vehicle and drove to the convenience store where emergency personnel responded to assist. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.”

 

On Jan. 27,Kevin M. Dolison, 23 of York and Zachery A. Bishop, 20, of York NY were arrested and charged with felony second-degree Robbery, felony second-degree Assault, and felony fourth-degree Grand Larceny.

 

Dolison and Bishop were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that both be held on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

 

Dolison and Bishop were later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Nunda Justice James Mann. The Judge did remand Dolison and Bishop to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

 

Member of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division continued with the investigation and on Jan. 28, Candace E. Ellis, 33 and a 14-year-old juvenile were also charged in the incident. Ellis was arrested and charged with felony second-degree Robbery, felony second-degree Assault, and three-counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child as it was determined that not only was the 14-year-old suspect present, but also an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old.

 

The 14-year-old suspect was charged as a Juvenile Delinquent. The juvenile was charged with felony second-degree Robbery, felony second-degree Assault, and felony fourth-degree Grand Larceny. The juvenile, whose name cannot be released, is currently in detention and will be dealt with in Livingston County Family Court.

 

Ellis was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charges. It was recommended that Ellis be held on $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. Ellis was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Justice Jeanean Love. The Judge did remand Ellis to the custody of the Sheriff on the recommended bail of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

 

During the course of this investigation, it was discovered that another similar incident had taken place on Jan. 15 on York Landing Road in the Town of York. Sheriff’s Investigators allege that a 25-year-old male was lured to the location for a potential drug transaction, specifically marijuana. When the 25-year-old male arrived at the location, he was attacked with a baseball bat. After the attack, three people left with the drugs that were involved. The male victim, sustained non-life threatening injuries and drove himself to the hospital where he was treated and released.

 

As a result of this investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators arrested and charged Zachery A. Bishop,20 and Candace E. Ellis,33 with felony second-degree Robbery, felony second-degree Assault, Petit Larceny, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The same 14 year old juvenile was also charged with felony second-degree Robbery, felony second-degree Assault, and Petit Larceny.

 

The 14 year old juvenile was again charged as a Juvenile Delinquent for this incident and will be dealt with in Livingston County Family Court.

 

Ellis was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Ellis was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of Groveland Judge Jeanean Love. The Judge did remand Ellis to the custody of the Sheriff on bail of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

 

Zachery Bishop is being held on these charges as well and will be arraigned in Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail at a later time. The District Attorney’s Office has recommended bail be set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond for those charges.

 

Sheriff’s Investigators have also arrested and charged Tosha M. Mercado, 36 with Making a Punishable False Written Statement as part of their investigation. It is alleged that Mercado, although not directly involved in either attack, lied to Sheriff’s Deputies in a sworn statement during the course of the initial investigation.

Please understand that this investigation is still ongoing by members of the Sheriff’s Office. Many details of the investigations cannot be released at this time to avoid contaminating the investigation. If any further arrests are made, those will be made available when the time is appropriate.

 

“I wish to thank the great team of Deputy Sheriffs that worked on this case since early Sunday morning,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “Many different ranks worked on this case from the rank of Deputy right up to the Undersheriff, and I am proud of their team work and diligence to solve these cases. I also wish to thank the community for their support and partnership with us; it is greatly appreciated.”