- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The York City teen who already faces charges of criminal homicide in the double shooting in June of a pair of York City brothers also will be charged with killing a man in 2013, police say.

York City Police on Monday obtained arrest warrants for Durrell Cotton Jr., 19, and Elvin Rafael Mateo Jr., 21, in the shooting death of Jordan Breeland on Oct. 15, 2013, according to Detective 1st Class Jeff Spence.

Cotton and Mateo face a charge each of criminal homicide, attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and aggravated assault, Spence said.

Cotton, who police announced last Monday they planned to charge with two counts of criminal homicide in the June shooting deaths of Angel Berrios, 21, and Abdiel “Tito” Vazquez-Soto, 19, isn’t yet in custody, Spence said.

“He’s officially on the run,” he said.

Mateo is already behind bars, Spence said; Online records indicate he’s in the state correctional institution at Camp Hill. Court proceedings are underway for Mateo for multiple incidents that are separate from this one, according to online court records.

The 2013 shooting: Breeland, then 21, and Devon Brown, then 19, of Harrisburg, were shot in the 200 or 300 block of West Gay Avenue, police said at the time.

Authorities said Breeland, who had survived being shot in the stomach two years before in what police said was another apparent gang beef, was shot in the chest and died a short ways away from the scene in the 100 block of Jefferson Avenue. Brown was shot in the hand, and later showed up at York Hospital for treatment, arriving by private car, police said.

Police said at the time that the shooting was gang related, a clash between the city’s south-side gang and Parkway gang, of which Breeland was believed to be a member.

The June 2015 shooting: Spence said there’s no evidence either way as to whether the recent double shooting, for which Cotton but not Mateo faces charges, was gang-related.

Police allege Cotton, a passenger in one car, opened fire on people sitting in a parked car, hitting Berrios in the chest and Vazquez-Soto in the abdomen as the two brothers sat near the at the intersection of Jefferson and Juniper streets.

Spence last week didn’t want to elaborate yet on the motive, but he said it wasn’t random — Cotton knew the two brothers.

After being shot, Berrios drove their car away from the scene, but crashed a short time later in front of the Graham Aquatic Center at the corner of Newberry Street and Madison Avenue, police said at the time. Berrios was pronounced dead at the scene, and Vazquez-Soto died a few hours later at York Hospital, authorities said.

The York County Coroner’s Office ruled both deaths homicides, caused by the gunshot wounds rather than by the crash.

Spence on Monday said the incident remains under investigation. No charges had been brought yet against the other people in the car Cotton was riding in, but they may be brought later, he said.

Anyone who has information about Cotton’s whereabouts can reach York City Police at 846-1234 or text an anonymous tip to tip411. Police believe him to be in the York area, Spence said.

— Sean Cotter can be reached at [email protected]


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