Arrest made fatal beating, robbery in York County

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 20, 2017 9:40 AM

Ahshantianna Johnson lived in the 100 block of South 2nd Street in Mt. Wolf, where she was attacked March 25. She died from her injuries March 30. (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)

(Mount Wolf) -- A New York man has been jailed in the beating death of his ex-girlfriend and the related robbery of her mother's York County home last month.

Police say 18-year-old Edia Lawrence of the Bronx used a ball bat to beat Ahshantianna Johnson about 3:00 a.m. March 25 in Mount Wolf.

That's when police say Lawrence and two still-unidentified men broke into Johnson's mother's home and made the woman call Johnson and tell her to come home. Police say Lawrence believed the 19-year-old Mount Wolf woman had stolen money that he earned dealing drugs. The couple had dated and been classmates in high school.

Johnson never regained consciousness and died five days after she was beaten.

Lawrence has been arraigned and doesn't have an attorney listed in court papers.

He's charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy, robbery and other counts.

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