Police: Man with 2012 hit list in jail again for more threats

Liz Evans Scolforo

A 73-year-old Shrewsbury Township man who spent 300 days in prison for having a "hit list" of people he purportedly planned to kill has found himself locked up again.

David E. Rinehart "currently poses a risk to public safety and well-being," charging documents state.

David Rinehart

Three years ago, when he was sentenced to time served (300 days) plus 429 days on probation for the hit-list case, he was ordered to comply with all mental-health counseling and treatment, including taking his prescribed medications, according to court records. He is no longer on probation.

Southern Regional Police now allege Rinehart threatened to kill local attorney Bernard Ilkhanoff outside the attorney's office. Charges were filed that day, but Rinehart wasn't arrested for another two weeks, according to court records.

Rinehart, of 15341 Whitcraft Road, is in York County Prison on $5,000 bail, charged with making terroristic threats and two counts each of harassment and disorderly conduct.

Ilkhanoff represented Rinehart years ago on an unrelated matter. Ilkhanoff and his wife and law partner, Paula Silverstein, were on Rinehart's 2012 hit list.

According to charging documents, Rinehart drove to the couple's 249 S. Main St. office in Shrewsbury on Nov. 22, pulled up to the front steps, revved the engine of his pickup truck and started yelling that he was going to kill Ilkhanoff. He then took off at a high rate of speed, police said.

Around the same time, Ilkhanoff arrived at his office and backed into a parking space. That's when Rinehart returned and again revved his engine and honked his horn, documents state.

"When Rinehart observed Ilkhanoff, he backed his vehicle up and was directly in front of ... Ilkhanoff's vehicle," documents state, at which point he started yelling at the attorney.

'Muttering and mumbling': Rinehart then pulled aside the attorney so their driver windows were next to each other, police said.

"Rinehart appeared enraged and was muttering and mumbling between audible statements," charging documents state. "Rinehart demanded money back from Ilkhanoff, referencing the Constitution."

But that's when Ilkhanhoff apparently used a little psychology on the man, according to police — he told Rinehart he wasn't Ilkhanoff.

Rinehart apparently believed the attorney, according to police. He said if his demands weren't met in three or four days, he would "come and get" Ilkhanoff, charging documents allege. Rinehart revved his engine again, flashed his high beams and took off, his tires squealing, police said.

It took police until Friday to track down and arrest Rinehart, according to court records.

2012 threats case: Rinehart's 2012 hit list included the names of a York County district judge, several local attorneys and others.

He was found guilty Oct. 29, 2013, of making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Trial testimony revealed Rinehart told officers the threats and hit list were a calculated move on his part to "get some (police) action." At the time, presiding Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder called his actions disconcerting.

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Rinehart walked into Smith Bros. Garage, 238 N. Main St. in Shrewsbury, about 9:45 a.m. June 6, 2012, and said he was going to start shooting people with an AK-47 assault rifle.

He claimed he had a list of people he wanted to kill, in the order he wanted to do it, according to court records. After garage workers notified Southern Regional Police, officers went to Rinehart's mobile home, but he wasn't there, police have said.

Inside the trailer, officers found the hit list and a number of handwritten notes, some threatening to cut off people's heads with swords, police said.

'Kill everybody': The notes included "get AK-47, Kill as many as can, kill everybody" and "cut heads off 4 more women" and "I been hasselled for 5 or 6 months — time for payback ... kill all but 6 pallbearers," according to documents.

The interior of Rinehart's trailer was destroyed, according to police, and officers seized several swords and a handgun from the home.

Police conducted an intensive search for Rinehart, contacting the man's family and friends to ask for names of places he frequented.

One of those places was Bradley K. Smith's auction house in Chanceford Township, where state police found and arrested Rinehart, police have said. He wasn't armed at the time of his arrest, police said.

Named in the hit list were District Judge Jeff Joy, who has since resigned; Ilkhanoff and Silverstein; attorney D. Reed Anderson; a lifelong friend of Rinehart's named Baxter Myers; and two others, police said.

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In 2012, Myers told The York Dispatch that Rinehart is "an all-around nice guy" who was suffering from mental-health issues. Myers theorized the hit list was merely a plea for help.

Road-rage case: Rinehart also made news in April 2012 for an alleged road-rage incident.

According to police, Rinehart was involved in a minor crash with another vehicle in the 600 block of South Main Street in Shrewsbury, then got out of his car and started a fight with the other driver.

During the fight, Rinehart choked the man until he nearly lost consciousness, according to police.

Rinehart was taken to York Hospital for a mental-health evaluation and charged with simple assault and harassment, police said.

The simple assault charge was withdrawn in May 2012, when Rinehart pleaded guilty to summary harassment, according to court records.

Rinehart previously told The York Dispatch he didn't assault the other driver.

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