Police: Alleged West York rapist captured at York Hospital


An alleged West York rapist was captured at York Hospital Tuesday afternoon just hours after he sexually and physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, police allege.

"We can only speculate that he was looking for his (alleged) victim," West York Police Chief Justin Seibel said of Brison Phillip Farmer being on hospital property.

Borough officers responded to the first block of North Highland Avenue early Tuesday morning, where they found Farmer's injured girlfriend, police said.

They obtained an arrest warrant for Farmer and distributed his photograph and a wanted flier to local media and police departments, according to Seibel.

The department's alert warned that Farmer should be considered armed and dangerous and was last seen driving a black Mercedes-Benz SUV.

"We gave that (flier) out to WellSpan security and a vigilant guard found the Mercedes SUV in the (hospital) parking garage," the chief said. "At that point they started going through their surveillance cameras, trying to locate him."

Busted in garage: A York City officer responded to the scene to secure the Mercedes, according to Seibel.

"(Farmer) was apprehended in York Hospital's parking garage," he said. "He came out to his car at one point and the York City officer took him into custody without incident."

Responding West York officers drove Farmer to their station to be interviewed, then dropped him off at the county's central booking unit to await arraignment, Seibel said.

Farmer, 25, is being charged with rape, aggravated assault and unlawful restraint, police said.

Police announced the arrest about 2 p.m.

Seibel said members of the community also tried to help with Farmer's apprehension.

"We did receive several calls and tips," he said.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.