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Manchester Twp. man allegedly threatened to kill girlfriend

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Matthew R. Vassar, of Manchester Township, is accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend, police said.
  • Vassar allegedly pointed a gun at her last week, according to charging documents.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A Manchester Township man remains in York County Prison after police say he threatened to kill his girlfriend early Wednesday morning.

Matthew R. Vassar, 31, of the first block of Williamstown Circle, is charged with strangulation, terroristic threats, endangering child welfare, recklessly endangering another person and harassment, among other charges, according to charging documents.

Northern York County Regional Police say Vassar pointed a gun at his girlfriend and threatened to kill her if she took their child from him.

The allegations: Vassar's girlfriend told authorities that about 10 p.m. Feb. 7, Vassar came home from a friend's house drunk, documents state. She said he turned on the stove to cook food, but he fell asleep, police said.

His girlfriend turned off the stove and had gone upstairs when Vassar went upstairs and began yelling at her, according to charging documents.

"She advised she came back downstairs to get away from Matthew, but he followed her and pushed a pillow into her face, obstructing her breathing," the officer wrote in charging documents.

She then locked herself in a bathroom upstairs until about 11:45 p.m., when Vassar tried kicking the door in, police said.

Matthew Vassar

The two argued until about midnight, when Vassar grabbed his handgun, according to court documents. Police say he never raised it or threatened to use it at that point.

About 1:45 a.m., Vassar pinned his girlfriend to the bed by holding both of her wrists, according to police.

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She broke free and managed to call her parents to come pick her up, charging documents state.

"(His girlfriend) advised at this point, Matthew again picked up the handgun and threatened to kill her," the officer wrote in the affidavit.

Police say Vassar stood within a foot of her and pointed the gun directly at her head and said if she took their child from him, he would kill her. He also said that if she called police, he would kill her, documents state. His girlfriend's parents arrived, and she left with some personal items, according to police.

The girlfriend's mother called police.

Police response: Officers arrived at the residence shortly after 2 a.m. They were told that the couple's 1-year-old daughter was still in the home with Vassar, according to police. His girlfriend told police that she left the front door slightly ajar.

Police set up a perimeter around the house, and they could see Vassar open and close a set of upstairs curtains above the front door, documents state. Vassar came out the front door and officers yelled "Police, let me see your hands!" while pointing guns at him, police said.

"The subject then turned and ran back into his residence and slammed the front door," the responding officer wrote in charging documents.

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The officers then secured the perimeter around the residence, according to documents.

While inside, Vassar had called York County 911 asking why there were officers outside his home, according to police. York County 911 dispatch convinced Vassar to turn himself in to police without any issue, according to documents.

Police searched the home and found a handgun, a shotgun and two brass knuckles, court documents state.

Vassar was arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning and was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at District Judge Jeffrey L. Oberdorf's office.

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