LEVITTOWN, Pa. (WTXF) - The Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the Middletown Township Police Department announced the filing of criminal charges against three people allegedly involved in the Nov. 15 robbery of Porfirio's Pizza and Pasta II, 935 Veterans Highway.
According to authorities, charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, simple assault by physical menace and recklessly endangering another person is Justin Alan Rose, 22, of Levittown, one of two alleged gunmen who tried to rob the pizzeria shortly before closing time. The robbery was thwarted when a customer pulled out a handgun and shot Rose and his brother, Shawn Rose, 24, police say.
Shawn Rose, 24, was shot once and killed. Justin Rose was shot twice and remains hospitalized. District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub announced last week that no charges would be brought against the customer, who acted in self-defense after Shawn Rose had threatened and pistol-whipped him.
Police say the alleged robbers' mother, Robin Lynn Soto, and Justin Rose's girlfriend, Chasidy Demi Ramos. were charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Police allege that Soto, 52, of Levittown, and Ramos, 25, of Bristol, entered the pizzeria minutes before the robbery to determine how many workers and customers were inside. Soto asked Porfirio's co-owner what time the business would close, and the women then stepped outside, according to police.
Authorities say knowing that the Rose brothers intended to rob the business, the women informed them that there were three people inside. During the robbery, Justin Rose remained in phone communication with Soto and Ramos, according to a probable cause affidavit.
According to investigators, several hours after the robbery, Soto and Ramos went to the Middletown Township Police Department seeking information about the condition of Shawn and Justin Rose. At that time, the co-owner of Porfirio's identified them as the women who had entered his business just before the robbery, police say.
Soto and Ramos were arraigned this evening before Magisterial District Judge Joseph P. Falcone, who set bail for each at $2 million, 10 percent cash. Rose will be processed after his release from the hospital.
A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30.