A southern York County convenience store employee subdued a knife-wielding woman robber and, with help, held her there until officers arrived and arrested her, according to state police.

And an arriving Southern Regional police officer was able to detain the man who had agreed to be her getaway driver, state police said.

Berkeley Erin Manning, 27, of no fixed address, and Ryan F. Royer, 26, of 11 Teresa Court in Millers, Md., remain in York County Prison on $100,000 bail each. They are charged with robbery, theft, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery.

Manning is also charged with aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime, simple assault and harassment. Royer faces an additional charge of possessing a controlled substance.


Manning and Royer drove to the Rutter's Farm Store at 6040 Steltz Road in Codorus Township just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, at which point Manning covered the license plate of their rental car with a black cloth, instructed Royer to get into the driver seat, according to charging documents.

Manning walked into the store, brandished a knife at employee Michael Hershey and demanded money, police allege.

Hershey told her the cash had already been placed in the store safe, but she kept walking closer to him and became increasingly agitated and aggressive, documents allege.

When Manning walked behind the counter to check for herself, Hershey knocked the knife out of her hand and subdued her with help from customer Mark Frahn, state police said. They then called 911.


Meanwhile, Royer was becoming impatient and began to drive around the parking lot, honking the horn, police said.

It appeared he was about to flee the lot when Southern Regional Police Officer Richard Blais arrived and blocked the vehicle from leaving, documents state.

Police arresting Royer at the scene found suboxone, a narcotic pain reliever, in his pocket. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance because he did not have a valid prescription for the drug, police said.

Manning later told state police investigators she planned to rob the Rutter's "because she was in a bad situation currently," charging documents state.

It is unclear if Manning and Royer have retained attorneys.

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