Jaquan Brown
Jaquan Brown

A York City resident accused of robbing a man at gunpoint apparently didn't take technological advances into account when he used his victim's computer to log onto Facebook, police said.

Facebook alerted robbery victim Andrew Rohrbaugh to the usage, after which York City Detective Travis Sowers was able to track down the alleged robber through the computer's IP address.

Police said Jaquan Adair Brown, 18, used his Facebook page to advertise a cellphone he was selling. The phone was the same brand and model taken from Rohrbaugh.

Rohrbaugh, of York City, was robbed at gunpoint about 3 a.m. Jan. 31 in the 700 block of East Philadelphia Street, police said, where Brown lives.

The allegations: Rohrbaugh was on an online social media website when he began communicating with a woman, and agreed to meet her at a home in that block, according to police. Rohrbaugh knocked on the door about 2:15 a.m. but got no answer.

He was then approached by a man -- Brown, police allege -- who asked for a cigarette, struck up a conversation and asked Rohrbaugh for a ride.

But after getting in Rohrbaugh's car, Brown pointed a handgun at Rohrbaugh and stole the man's laptop computer and phone, charging documents state.

After tracking down the Facebook posting to Brown's address, Detective Sowers obtained a search warrant and raided the home, where he found and seized Rohrbaugh's stolen laptop computer, police said.


Brown, of 726 E. Philadelphia St., is in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property.

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