Police: Springetts man attacked father with tactical ax

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • Kevin Blanch allegedly attacked his father after a family disagreement over pot pie.

A Springettsbury Township man told police he attacked his father with a tactical throwing ax because he remembered "how to neutralize the threat" from his military training, according to charging documents.

Kevin Blanch, 30, is now in York County Prison on $75,000 bail, charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault. Charging documents indicate he lives in the home of his parents.

Kevin Blanch

Dennis Blanch, 61, was taken to York Hospital by ambulance, where he was treated for his injuries and later released, according to Springettsbury Township Police.

Police were called to the Blanch home in the 4100 block of Old Orchard Road about 1:40 p.m. Sunday. Dennis Blanch was outside waiting for officers and had blood on his hands, neck and chest, according to charging documents.

He suffered cuts on his chest and neck area, as well as to his left wrist, according to police, who said he gave them the weapons used in the attack — an M48 Tactical Tomahawk ax and an MTech MT 670 tactical knife, documents state.

"The victim told officers that his son had other knives in his room that he thought (the son) tried to get during the struggle but was unsuccessful," documents state.

A short time later, officers found Kevin Blanch near Stonewood Park, not far from the Blanch home, and arrested him.

Pot-pie argument: At the police station, he told officers he got into an argument with his mother Saturday night because he took too much pot pie and didn't leave enough for others to eat, police said.

He said that after waking up about 1 p.m. Sunday, his father approached him and repeatedly asked to speak with him, apparently over the pot-pie argument, according to charging documents.

Kevin Blanch tried to ignore his father and walk around him, but Dennis Blanch was blocking his son's path in the hallway and refused to move, police said.

The adult son said that's when he grabbed his tactical ax and swung it, "trying to strike his father in the neck/shoulder area, where the jugular is located, but thinks he struck him more in the chest," documents state.

The two men then struggled for control of the ax, and during the struggle, Kevin Blanch punched his father in the head, police said.

Kevin Blanch told officers he tried to get his knife out of its sheath on his belt during the struggle but that his father grabbed the knife first, documents state.

'End things quickly': When asked what he intended to do with the knife, Kevin Blanch told officers "that he was going to end things quickly by slicing his father's throat," documents allege.

Asked why he struck his father with an ax, Kevin Blanch "said he wanted to neutralize the threat," meaning kill his father, according to charging documents.

He told lead Detective Ray Craul that "one thing he remembered from his training in the military was how to neutralize the threat," documents allege.

Kevin Blanch told investigators he at one time had enlisted in the Army but did not finish basic training, according to police, who said they haven't yet looked into the man's apparent military history.

It is unclear if Kevin Blanch has retained an attorney.

To see a demonstration of an M48 Tactical Tomahawk ax, click here.

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