Homeless man in York pleads no contest to terroristic threats and child abuse

YORK – A 35-year-old York man, who is classified as being homeless in court documents, has pleaded no contest to making terroristic threats and child abuse.

Aaron Ray appeared for arraignment this past week in York County District Court and was offered alternative counts as part of a plea agreement. Initially, he was charged with two counts of first degree false imprisonment and two counts of terroristic threats. Those were amended to one count of terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony which carries a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison with 18 months of post-release supervision; and one count of child abuse, a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a possible maximum sentence of one year in jail.

The case began when the York Police Department was dispatched to an apartment building upon the report Ray was “out of control,” according to the affidavit filed with the court. Court documents say the first responding officer, upon arriving, saw a woman “frantically open a second story window,” saying Ray was outside her bedroom door.

The officer went into the apartment and was able to quickly detain Ray. The officer, in the affidavit, says Ray was bleeding with cuts on his wrists and he smelled like alcohol. An ambulance was called, for him to be evaluated.

The woman at the apartment said Ray forcefully fought through the door, “effectively destroying the door, while blocking the only reasonable exit of the room.”

There were four children in the apartment at the time and the woman was said to be very upset and distraught.

It was noted that Ray is currently on active probation for charges of arson with a value of more than $1,500, criminal mischief with a value of more than $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance. He also has a lengthy criminal history which includes convictions of assault in Missouri and assault in California.

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 10.


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