PHOENIXVILLE >> Police have apprehended one suspect in the Dec. 27, 2017, slaying of 15-year-old Jayson Ortiz-Cameron while the hunt for a second suspect continues.
Robert Leonard McCoy III, 23, of Pottstown, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, criminal homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property in relation to the December homicide.
A second suspect, Brian Corsey, 25, of Philadelphia, is still being sought, police say.
McCoy was arraigned on Wednesday and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joann L. Teyral on May 9.
Corsey is still being sought by authorities on a warrant that includes charges of first-, second- and third-degree murder, criminal homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license. Police are urging anyone who may see Corsey to call 911 immediately.
Chester County Detectives and Phoenixville Police launched an investigation after it was reported that one person had been shot at approximately 7:30 p.m. outside Dunkin Donuts, 218 Nutt Road, on Dec. 27, 2017. Upon arrival, police found the victim, Ortiz-Cameron, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital.
Police conducted witness interviews and reviewed crime scene evidence, cell phone records and video surveillance following the incident. Through an investigation, police learned that Ortiz-Cameron and one other victim agreed to meet with an individual known on Snapchat as “Uber” at the Dunkin Donuts for an arranged deal involving marijuana.
Court records state that at 7:12 p.m., three men arrived at Dunkin Donuts in a dark colored, late model sedan and parked in a back parking spot. Once Ortiz-Cameron and the second victim saw the car pull in, they approached the vehicle and the victim stated he saw three men inside, police said.
The victim described one as a black male with dreadlocks, later identified by authorities as Brian Corsey, 25, of Philadelphia, seated in the rear driver’s side seat, and another as a white male with brown hair and glasses, later identified as McCoy, sitting in the driver’s seat. The third person was a male who did not exit the vehicle, according to court records.
Police say witness statements revealed that at that point Corsey allegedly told the pair to get in the car but that they didn’t want to. The victim said he noticed that the rear passenger side window had been broken out and replaced with dark plastic. Corsey then exited the vehicle to speak with the pair, police allege.
At one point Ortiz-Cameron and the second victim walked back toward the front of the Dunkin Donuts but were asked to come back to the vehicle to proceed with the deal. When they were close to the vehicle, the victim said, Ortiz-Cameron went to speak with Corsey and McCoy allegedly told the second victim, “You don’t want to go over there.”
At that time, the victim said he saw Corsey pull out a small semi-automatic handgun. He then heard a shot and saw Ortiz-Cameron fall to the ground, according to court documents. Both men then got back into the vehicle and fled the parking lot toward Milligan Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
According to court documents, additional witnesses corroborated that McCoy had been looking for a connection to purchase marijuana in the days leading up to the homicide and that his Snapchat name includes the term “Uber.”
Police said video surveillance from the scene also corroborates witness statements about the incident and that video shows what appears to be a black Ford sedan with distinctive wheels and a rear spoiler leaving the scene.
On Jan. 1 Pottstown Police located a vehicle matching that description on Warren and King streets. Investigators found a 2007 black four-door Ford Focus with a registration plate removed. Police say the vehicle had identical wheels to those seen in surveillance video from Dunkin Donuts as well as a dark plastic covering on the rear passenger side window. The vehicle also had a stock spoiler on the trunk lid, police said. Police say the vehicle was registered to Brian Corsey, 25, of Philadelphia.