York City woman allegedly assaulted neighbor with cane

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Patricia McKinnis, 65, of York City, is accused of assaulting her neighbor with a cane.
  • The victim had a large gash on her head because of the assault, police said.
  • McKinnis remains in York County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

A York City woman remains in York County Prison after police say she hit her neighbor on the head with a cane last week, according to police.

Patricia Carol McKinnis, 65, of 440 E. King St., Apt. 182, is charged with aggravated assault and inflicting serious bodily injury during a robbery, charging documents state.

York City Police say McKinnis went to her neighbor's apartment and asked for money, and when her neighbor went to get it, McKinnis struck her with a cane, causing a large gash in her head.

Investigation: Police were sent to 440 E. King St. about 5:45 p.m. Jan. 15 for a report of a robbery and assault. The responding officer met with a woman who lives in the same building as McKinnis.

When police arrived, the woman was sitting on a chair holding the right side of her head. She was bleeding from a large, deep gash, police said.

She said a woman came to her apartment, struck her with a cane and took her wallet, which had $8 in it, documents state.

The victim at first identified a different neighbor as the one who assaulted her, but that was quickly proven wrong, police said.

The officer later went into the lobby of the apartment building and found McKinnis, who matched the description the victim provided, documents allege.

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At first, McKinnis denied any involvement, police said.

Later, the York Housing Authority provided police with a video that showed McKinnis entering the elevator in the general time frame of the alleged incident, according to court documents.

"McKinnis is entering from the sixth floor and had a small purse or something similar in her hand," the officer wrote about the footage in charging documents.

On Jan. 19, a photo lineup was generated, and McKinnis was identified by the victim, police said.

Alleged incident: The victim told police that McKinnis knocked on her door and the victim let her in, according to documents.

Police say McKinnis asked for money, and the victim agreed to give her some.

The victim then went into her room to get the money, and police say McKinnis followed her into the room, tossed the woman's walker aside, and hit her with the cane.

"(The victim) said that McKinnis then grabbed the small wallet she had and left out the door," documents state.

She said during that process, several dollars fell to the ground, according to police.

Police said McKinnis denied robbing anyone, but admitted she "may have" assaulted the victim.

McKinnis was arraigned on the charges Jan. 19. She remains in York County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.

It is unclear if she has an attorney.

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