By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Two arrested and charged in armed robbery of Budget Host Inn in Lancaster County, also solves carjacking in Manheim Township

Two arrested and charged in armed robbery of  Budget Host Inn in Lancaster County, also solves carjacking in Manheim Township
Two arrested and charged in armed robbery of  Budget Host Inn in Lancaster County, also solves carjacking in Manheim Township

Lancaster, PA

On 6/3/2020 at approximately 12:30 p.m., East Lampeter Township 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, an employee of the business,  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.  According to police a second 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 police departments.  

On 6/6/2020, a Lancaster City police officer initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.  The occupants, Jayquann Burkett , 19 years old and Sophia Cortez, 18 years old, were identified as the suspects involved in the robbery.  Police say 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.