Police: Man tried to run over woman with truck

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A Lower Windsor Township man is accused of assaulting a woman in October, police said
  • The woman told police she was afraid to tell police, documents state
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail

A Lower Windsor Township man is accused of trying to run over a woman with his truck earlier this month, township police said.

Darryl Lee Ritter, 52, of 417 Oak Hollow Road, is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault and one count each of terroristic threats and harassment, according to charging documents filed Friday by Lower Windsor Township Police.

Police say Ritter caused a woman to fall to the ground with his truck and attempted to run her over as she was trying to get back up.

Darryl Ritter

The alleged incident: About 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, police were sent to Ritter's address for a medical problem that was potentially a domestic issue, police said. When they arrived, officers found a woman crying.

She was the only one on the scene at the time, and she had several large cuts and bruising on her back, according to charging documents.

"(The woman) would not tell the police or responding EMS how she received the injuries," documents state. She did tell police that she had an argument with Ritter, but she didn't want to get him in trouble, police allege. Police have not said what the relationship was between the woman and Ritter.

"It did appear that (the woman) wanted to give further information but was fearful," documents state.

On Oct. 20, the woman spoke to the police again and told them about what allegedly had happened that day, according to police. She said she and Ritter were involved in a heated argument in the driveway, police said.

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She told police Ritter got inside his truck with the woman nearby and backed up with the driver's side door open, causing her to fall, police allege. Documents state that the woman said Ritter tried running her over as she tried to get back up.

"(The woman) stated she could feel the stones in the driveway flipping up on her as he passed," the officer wrote in charging documents.

Police say the woman told them that Ritter told her later that he wanted to kill her. She told police she didn't report the incident at the time because she was afraid and because of Ritter's past aggression toward her, charging documents state.

Second alleged incident: The woman also told police that on Oct. 17, there was another altercation, according to police. She said Ritter grabbed and shoved her up against the wall because he thought she took his money, documents state.

Police say the woman said Ritter forcefully pulled her pants down to see if she was hiding money. She had a cut on her elbow and bruising on her left cheek, police said.

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She said Ritter's treatment of her is an ongoing problem, documents state.

Ritter was arraigned Friday morning in front of District Judge Scott Laird, according to online court records. He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.