Halim Bowen
Halim Bowen

York City detectives are asking for the public's help in tracking down a York-area man suspected of fatally shooting Jaime "Butter" Sanabria early Saturday morning inside a city bar.

The tipster who provides information that leads to the arrest of Halim "Budda" Bowen may be eligible for a cash reward, police said.

Bowen, 23, should be considered armed and dangerous and originally is from Brooklyn, N.Y., according to Capt. Russ Tschopp, who supervises the city detective bureau. Police have obtained a homicide warrant for his arrest.

Bowen and Sanabria were at George's Tavern, 376 Walnut St., about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when a large fight erupted on the dance floor, the captain said.

Homicide victim Jaime Sanabria, seen here with his son, E’maiJ.
Homicide victim Jaime Sanabria, seen here with his son, E'maiJ.

Shot in chest: Bowen is believed to have shot Sanabria in the chest while both men were on the dance floor, Tschopp said.

Sanabria, 25, of the 200 block of Liberty Court, staggered outside the bar and was taken to York Hospital. He died there of a single gunshot wound to the chest less than 4-1/2 hours later, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

According to Tschopp, security video from George's Tavern as well as statements from witnesses led to detectives identifying Bowen as Sanabria's alleged killer.

Sanabria's survivors include a young son, E'maiJ, of Florida, according to his obituary.

Anyone with information about Bowen's whereabouts is urged to call city detectives at 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204.


Or anonymously text a tip to YORKTIPS at 847411.

Tipsters can remain anonymous, police said.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.