Police: York man beat teen girlfriend while reading her diary aloud

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • An arrest warrant has been issued for Timothy Justin Hannah Jr., officials said.
  • If you know Hannah's whereabouts, you should call 911 right away.
  • Domestic-abuse victims can find help by calling Access-York at (717) 846-5400 or Hanover Safe Home at (717) 632-0007.

A York City man angry over what he read in his underage girlfriend's diary beat her while reading her entries aloud, took her phone so she couldn't call 911 and held her against her will inside their home, according to allegations in charging documents.

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Timothy Justin Hannah Jr., 23, of 225 Carlisle Ave., is facing charges of making terroristic threats, simple assault, false imprisonment and harassment. He has not yet been arraigned on the charges, according to court records, and a preliminary hearing date has not yet been set.

A warrant for his arrest remained active Tuesday morning, according to the office of District Judge James Morgan.

Charging documents filed by York City Police state the incident started about 6 p.m. Wednesday inside the home of Hannah and his 16-year-old girlfriend after he read her diary and became jealous.

Read diary aloud: He started punching her while yelling at her and reading her diary entries aloud, documents allege. He also struck her on both sides of the head with an extension cord, police said.

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The assault lasted about an hour, according to police.

Afterward, the girl tried to grab her phone to call 911, but Hannah took it from her and put it in his pocket, police said.

"He then threatened her, saying that if she called the police or attempted to leave he would knock out her teeth and kill her," documents state.

For the rest of the night, Hannah followed his girlfriend around their home "and remained within a few feet from her in order to prevent her from leaving," according to documents.

Fled with father: About 11 a.m. the next day, which was Thursday, the girl's father came to the home to drop something off and Hannah allowed her to go outside to help unload the items — although he followed her out of their home, police said.

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Instead, the teen got into her father's vehicle and they drove away, leaving Hannah behind, police said.

She later went to the police station, where officers photographed numerous injuries on her body, including bruising and swelling to her face, head, neck, shoulders, hand, ribs, arm and calves, documents state.

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Hannah could not be reached for comment, and it's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

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