On 6/3/2020 at approximately 12:30 p.m., police were dispatched to the Budget Host Inn (2140 Lincoln Highway East) for a robbery that just occurred. Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim (employee) who advised while she was cleaning a room, she was approached by an unknown male and female. The male and female accused her of stealing $80.00 they accidentally left in the room. The victim advised the male and female grabbed a money pouch from her entering into an altercation. Another victim attempted to intervene during which time the female actor pulled a gun out and threatened to shoot them. Video surveillance and photographs from the robbery incident were provided to surrounding departments.
On 6/6/2020, a Lancaster City police officer initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The occupants (Jayquann Burkett - 19 year old / black male / 600 block Salem Ave. York & Sophia Cortez - 18 year old / Hispanic female / 100 block Old Dorwar St. Lancaster) were identified as the suspects involved in the robbery. Sophia Cortez was found to be in possession of a loaded revolver at the time of arrest. Jayquann Burkett was also wanted by Manheim Township police department for a carjacking incident that occurred in their jurisdiction.
Sophia Cortez & Jayquann Burkett were transported to Lancaster County Prison for arraignment. Jayquann Burkett and Sophia Cortez are both currently incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison.