Police: Hanover-area man assaulted wife, patrol officer

Liz Evans Scolforo

A Hanover-area man remains in York County Prison, accused of attacking his wife on Thanksgiving night and illegally possessing a firearm.

Michael Lee Rill, 43, is locked up on $15,000 bail, charged with the felonies of aggravated assault on a police officer and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of firearm. He's also charged with the misdemeanors of attempted simple assault, resisting arrest and institutional vandalism, as well as the summary offenses of harassment, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, according to court records.

Michael Lee Rill

Penn Township Police said officers were called to Rill's home on McAllister Street in the township about 8 p.m. Thursday for a report of a domestic assault with a handgun.

When they arrived, they spotted Rill standing outside with his hands above his head, but he ignored officers' verbal commands, according to police. He lowered his arms as officers approached him and resisted arrest, police allege.

It took two officers to get him to the ground and handcuff him, at which point he kneed one of them — Officer Joseph O'Brien — in the side.

Rill was yelling and smelled strongly of alcohol as officers got him under control and double-locked the handcuffs they'd already put on him, according to police.

Struggle resumed: When the officers helped Rill to his feet, he tried to twist free and get away, then moved toward O'Brien and threatened to "f— (him) up," police allege.

O'Brien spun Rill around and took him back to the ground, at which point a second township officer helped get Rill under control again, according to police.

A total of three officers were needed to wrestle Rill into the back of a police cruiser, at which point Rill kicked O'Brien in the thigh and groin area, then kicked the rear window and seat, causing damage to the seat, police allege.

Officers then put leg restraints on Rill, who responded by banging his head against the cruiser window, police said.

Police said O'Brien determined Rill took wife Kathy Rill's .40-caliber Ruger handgun from her, stuck it in his waistband, then gave it to his daughter.

Assault alleged: At that point, Michael Rill punched Kathy Rill, kicked her and held her down by her neck, police allege.

Video footage taken from inside the Rill home confirmed Kathy Rill's allegations, according to Penn Township Police Lt. Guy Hettinger.

"We have had dealings with Mr. Rill in the past, but nothing recently," Hettinger said. "We're just glad nobody was injured."

Kathy Rill declined medical treatment that night, and O'Brien did not require medical attention, the lieutenant said.

It is unclear whether Michael Rill has retained an attorney.

His preliminary hearing before District Judge James Miner is set for Dec. 8, according to court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.