COATESVILLE, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office and Coatesville City Police Department announced the arrest of Stephen Deres Young, of Parkesburg, for the murder of Warren Curtis, age 40.
The defendant, age 39, was arrested after he pulled a semi-automatic handgun on a police officer and barricaded himself inside a residence in Coatesville, PA.
Young has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses.
District Attorney Deb Ryan stated, “This murder was a senseless tragedy. We extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.
“We will do everything we can to secure justice and we thank the dozens of police officers who helped safely and swiftly arrest the defendant in this case.”
Authorities state that at approximately 12:33 am on August 27, 2020, Coatesville City Police Department officers were dispatched to 729 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA, for a reported shooting.
Upon arrival, police state they found the victim, Warren Curtis, lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his upper torso.
Curtis was transported to Brandywine Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:34 am.
Officers located a trail of blood leading from the victim to N. 7th Avenue. While searching the area, police say they found several 9 mm shell casings on the front porch of 22 N. 7th Avenue, where it was later learned the victim and his girlfriend lived.
While reviewing a video surveillance camera located in the area, police observed a man in a white t-shirt run off the porch on 22 N. 7th Ave. at 12:29 am on August 27, 2020, being chased by another man in dark clothing.
The man in the white t-shirt matched the description of the clothing the victim was wearing when he was found on the sidewalk.
Detectives spoke to a witness who lives in close proximity to 22 N. 7th Ave. The witness stated they were watching television when they heard a gunshot, followed by three more gunshots when they went outside.
The witness then saw a male running east on Diamond Street being chased by another male. The witness stated the male chasing the first subject immediately returned to Diamond Street and N. 7th Avenue, placing something in a gold Honda parked on the southwest street corner.
The witness also observed the subject playing with something in his hands that appeared to be a 9 mm handgun. The subject then opened the driver’s door of the gold Honda and changed clothing.
The witness later identified Stephen Young as the shooter.
At 11:47 am on August 27, 2020, Coatesville City Police Officers were dispatched to 22 N. 7th Ave. because two witnesses reported seeing Stephen Young return to the residence with a gun.
Coatesville City Police Officer J. Davis was the first to arrive at the location, and observed a male on the front porch matching the description provided.
As Office Davis exited his vehicle, he gave the subject verbal commands to come off the porch so they could talk. The subject refused and started to back into the residence.
As Officer Davis stepped onto the porch, continuing with verbal commands, the subject stated “no” and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the officer’s chest.
Officer Davis took cover to avoid being shot, and the subject backed into the residence and shut the door.
Approximately 30 law enforcement units established a perimeter around 22 N. 7th Ave. At 12:51 pm, the subject, Stephen D. Young surrendered to law enforcement by walking out the front door of the residence.
After Young was taken into custody, law enforcement recovered the black semi-automatic 9 mm handgun from the residence.
After Young’s apprehension, Coatesville City Police Chief Jack Laufer said, “Thanks to the efforts of Coatesville City Police Officers, Chester County Detectives, and numerous other police officers, this very dangerous individual, Stephen D. Young, was apprehended quickly without further loss of life. The safety of our community is of utmost importance, and removing criminals with no regard for life is our top priority.”
The defendant was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Hines and remanded to Chester County Prison in lieu of bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 14, 2020, at 9 am before Magisterial District Judge Koon.
Coatesville City Police are asking anyone with further information concerning this homicide to contact them at 610-384-2300 or Chester County Detectives at 610-344-6866.
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