Three more charged in Pa. break-in

April 28, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Three more people were charged Monday in connection with a mobile home break-in that resulted in the shooting death of one of the intruders, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Monday's arrests bring to six the number of people charged in the April 23 break-in.

Those charged were searching for drugs or money and one of the three who went into the mobile home was armed with a shotgun, according to charging documents.

Ernesto "Ernie" Casanova Jr., 17, of 95 Sollenberger Road, was fatally shot during the break-in.

Casanova was shot by Daniel Alan Frazier, 18, after Casanova broke into the Sycamore Grove Road mobile home where Frazier lived with his father and other family members, police said.


Police identified those charged Monday as:

  • Anthony Franklin D'Ambrosio, 16, of 324 Lincoln Way West, Apartment 5, Chambersburg. He was charged as an adult, police said.
  • Amanda Eileen Colon, 18, of 7005 Hades Church Road, Waynesboro, Pa.
  • Tytus Lee Taylor, 20, of 8719 Rowe Run Road, Chambersburg.

Charged Friday were:

  • Michael Paul Jett, 18, of 301 E. Queen St, Chambersburg.
  • George Washington Jones, 18, of 153 W. King St., Chambersburg.
  • Marcus Larock Taylor, 18, of 8719 Rowe Run Road, Chambersburg. He is the brother of Tytus Lee Taylor.

All were charged with burglary, attempted robbery, attempted theft, and criminal conspiracy, according to police and court records.

All but Colon were being held at the Franklin County Prison Tuesday on $25,000 bail. Colon was released on bail, according to police.

The group "planned in advance to break into the Frazier residence with the intent of robbing the Frazier family of money, valuables and/or drugs," according to affidavits of probable cause filed in District Justice Gary Carter's office.

Daniel Frazier and his father, Alan Frazier, could not be reached for comment Monday.

The six charged discussed their alleged roles in the burglary during interviews with state police, according to court records.

The group met at the Taylor home on Rowe Run Road to plan the break-in, court records allege.

Marcus Taylor was a lookout while D'Ambrosio, Jones and Casanova entered the mobile home, charging documents allege. Tytus Taylor also waited outside with the intent of assisting, according to court records.

D'Ambrosio carried a 20-gauge shotgun into the mobile home, court records allege.

Colon waited outside and drove some of the others from the scene after the break-in and shooting, according to allegations in the charging documents.

Jett allegedly pulled open the rear door of the mobile home and waited outside while the others entered, court records state.

Trooper Mark J. Grove, who is heading up the investigation, said the six people charged were located through a cooperative effort with state police and the Mid-Cumberland Valley Regional Police Department in Shippensburg, Pa.

Police do not have any other suspects, Grove said.

Franklin County District Attorney Jack Nelson will decide whether charges will be filed against Frazier, Grove said. He would not disclose when or where Frazier got the gun used in the shooting.

Police said last week that the Fraziers did not know Casanova.

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