Transient accused of burglary, assault, child abuse, strangulation and false imprisonment

YORK – A 43-year-old transient listed as physically being in York has been charged with first degree assault, a Class 2 felony; burglary, a Class 2A felony; first degree false imprisonment, a Class 3A felony; assault by strangulation, a Class 3A felony; and child abuse, a Class 3A felony.

Her arraignment was held this week in York County District Court, during which she pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Court documents indicate officers with the York Police Department were dispatched to the 900 Block of Burlington Avenue regarding a disturbance, during which Shantell Ervin had grabbed a female by the neck. They were also informed that Ervin had left the scene in a white pickup truck and was driving west on Ninth Street.

While enroute, the officers saw the vehicle in question, according to court documents, and they saw a driver’s side brake light did not work. Officers activated their overhead emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop, but report that she proceeded to drive two more blocks before pulling over.

Officers also went to the residence where the alleged disturbance took place. There, they spoke with the alleged victim, a minor, and an adult. The adult said Ervin walked into the house uninvited and started yelling. The minor was elsewhere in the house and went downstairs where Ervin was yelling. An argument ensued, according to court documents, and it is alleged Ervin grabbed the minor by the neck, squeezing it and making it hard for the minor to breathe. The adult said, in response to the assault and as an attempt to get Ervin to leave, she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and threw it in the direction of Ervin.

Eventually, the adult and minor said Ervin complied and left.

Following Ervin’s arrest, the minor was transported to York General for medical evaluation.

Bond for Ervin was set at $100,000, 10% and she has been ordered to not come within five blocks of the residence where the alleged altercation took place.

A jury trial has been set for late September.

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