York City man wanted in brutal assault of pregnant woman

Liz Evans Scolforo

Police are searching for a York City man accused of brutally assaulting a woman pregnant with his child.

Can you help police track down Manuel Maldonado-Martinez?

Manuel Jesus Maldonado-Martinez, 26, of 505 Hill St., repeatedly kicked the woman in the stomach and head when she was four months pregnant, York City Police allege.

Officers have obtained an arrest warrant for him, but as of Thursday afternoon he remained on the lam, court records state. When captured, he will be charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault of an unborn child, child endangerment, simple assault and unlawful restraint, according to charging documents.

Those documents state the victim, a 24-year-old woman, was stopped for a traffic light in the 700 block of West Market Street on Monday with her 2-year-old daughter in the car when she saw a car pull up behind her and Maldonado-Martinez get out the passenger side.

She tried to drive away but was stopped by traffic, which gave Maldonado-Martinez time to get into her vehicle, police said.

Head slammed: He immediately started slamming her head into the steering wheel about 10 or 20 times as she was driving and grabbed the wheel to keep her from pulling into a gas station at the corner of West Market Street and Richland Avenue, documents allege. He told her he would kill her if she didn't keep driving, according to police.

While she was driving, Maldonado-Martinez punched her face and head and twisted her neck, then ordered her to pull over in a lot on South Richland Avenue, documents state.

She tried to flee, but he ran around to the driver's side of the car, pushed her head down and shoved her back inside, police allege.

He then drove to an alley near the corner of Kings Mill Road and Jessop Place, where he dragged the woman out of the car, threw her to the ground and kicked her about five times each in the stomach and the head, documents state.

Witnessed by tot: The woman's 2-year-old daughter was in the car during the entire incident, according to police, who said Maldonado-Martinez endangered the child.

Police did not say how the woman eventually got away, or whether Maldonado-Martinez merely walked away after allegedly assaulting her.

Officers were alerted after the woman was admitted to Memorial Hospital for treatment, documents state.

Anyone with information about Maldonado-Martinez's location can call York City Police at (717) 846-1234, or call 911 immediately.

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