York City man accused of hitting, biting woman

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say Johnathan Rivera-Rosado hit the mother of his child and would not let her leave.
  • Rivera-Rosado is also accused of trying to headbutt a police officer.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $175,000 bail.

A York City man is in York County Prison after police say he hit and bit the mother of his child the night before Thanksgiving.

Police say a disagreement led Johnathan Rivera-Rosado, 23, of the 200 block of South Belvidere Avenue, to hit the woman, injuring her and their child. York City Police have charged him with terroristic threats, attempted simple assault, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and harassment, according to court documents.

The incident: On Nov. 23, Rivera-Rosado and the mother of his child, Jenny Cotto-deJesus, got into a disagreement while at a friend's house, according to police. That caused the two to leave to go back to their home on South Belvidere Avenue, police said.

It was in the car ride back when police say Rivera-Rosado began to hit the woman.

The hitting continued when they got back to the home, documents state. At one point the woman was holding their 2-month-old child when Rivera-Rosado hit her again, causing Cotto-deJesus and the child to hit a wall, according to police.

Cotto-deJesus tried leaving the home, but police say Rivera-Rosado pushed the door shut as she tried to get out. Rivera-Rosado allegedly stomped the side of Cotto-deJesus' face with  his foot, police said.

Cotto-deJesus also told police that Rivera-Rosado bit her five times, according to police.

"Jonathan also told Jenny he was going to kill her," the officer wrote in charging documents.

Cotto-deJesus managed to leave the residence, and she went to the police department to report what happened, according to police. She had visible bruising and bite marks, and she and the baby received medical treatment, according to charging documents.

More charges: On Nov. 24, officers trying to locate Rivera-Rosado ran into some resistance, according to court documents.

Two York City Police officers were sent to 66 W. Boundary Ave. to find him and saw someone matching his description in the kitchen of the residence, according to police. While searching the home, Rivera-Rosado was found under some blankets on the third floor, police said.

The officers told Rivera-Rosado that he was under arrest, but Rivera-Rosado actively resisted, according to charging documents. Eventually Rivera-Rosado was placed in handcuffs, documents allege. While in handcuffs, Rivera-Rivera attempted to headbutt one of the responding officers, police say. In doing so, police say Rivera-Rosado knocked the body camera off  one of the officer's chests.

Rivera-Rosado was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest for that alleged incident, according to charging documents.

Shot: It was not the first time Rivera-Rosado had been involved a police incident, according to earlier reports. Police say on April 19, Luis Cotto-deJesus, of York City, brother of Jenny Cotto-deJesus, shot Rivera-Rosado in the ankle when they had an altercation in the parking lot of an apartment building at 283 S. Park St.

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After Rivera-Rosado was shot, Luis Cotto-deJesus left the area in a vehicle with the gun, according to documents.

Witnesses told police what Luis Cotto-deJesus had done, and he returned to the apartments and turned himself in, police said.

Luis Cotto-deJesus was charged with five counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of aggravated assault, attempted simple assault and carrying a firearm without a license, according to charging documents. Online court records show that in August, Luis Cotto-deJesus pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm without a license. The other charges were dismissed, according to court records.

Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn sentenced Luis Cotto-deJesus to nine to 23 months in prison, with credit for time served, online court records show.

Rivera-Rosado remains in York County Prison in lieu of $175,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 22 at District Judge Ronald J. Haskell Jr.'s office.

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