Man accused of threatening co-workers with gun before stealing work truck in York  

YORK – A 19-year-old man from Wichita, Kansas, was arraigned this week in York County District Court on seven counts related to alleged robbery, firearm violations, theft and making terroristic threats in York County. It is alleged he threatened co-workers with a gun before stealing a truck owned by the company he worked for.

Joaquin Carrillo-Vega has been formally charged with the following:

  • Use of a firearm to commit a felony, a Class 1C felony
  • Use of a firearm to commit a felony, a Class 1C felony
  • Theft by unlawful taking with a value of more than $5,000, a Class 2A felony
  • Terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony
  • Terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony
  • Unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle, a Class 3 misdemeanor
  • Robbery, a Class 2 felony

According to court documents, the York Police Department was dispatched to a hotel in York upon the report an employee of a traveling work company, which was staying at the hotel, had pulled a gun on a co-worker, and then took off in a company truck.

When officers arrived, they spoke with three men who were co-workers of Vega. They said he threatened two of them with a gun, after they refused to let him take the vehicle, which was against company policy. They alleged he pulled out a handgun from his bag and pointed it at them.

They told officers they allowed him to take the work truck, “as they were in fear for their lives.” They said he drove south on Highway 81.

Their supervisor, who was in Kansas at the time, was contacted and he attempted to track the work truck, but the tracker was disabled, according to court documents. The supervisor said the truck and its contents was valued between $35,000 and $40,000.

The police department requested that Vega’s cell phone be pinged as “he was a danger to himself and others. Multiple pings indicated he was traveling south in the direction of Wichita, Kansas,” and the last ping was in Wichita.

He was eventually taken into custody and charged.

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