Police: Lancaster man sexually assaulted woman

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Fairview Township Police say a Lancaster man sexually assaulted a woman on Monday.
  • The man was remanded to York County Prison without bail.

A Lancaster County man remains in York County Prison without bail after police say he sexually assaulted a woman last week.

Elias Ivan Barnes Hernandez, 26,  allegedly force entry into a woman's home, pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the woman, police said.

Barnes Hernandez, of Lancaster, is charged with burglary, trespassing, sexual assault and simple assault, online court records state.

Allegations: According to Fairview Township Police, Barnes Hernandez showed up at the woman's home on Corn Hill Road about 10 a.m. May 1. Police say the woman and Barnes Hernandez knew each other.

While inside the home, he pulled a knife on her and made "numerous threats" to kill her, and at one point, he held the knife to her stomach, police allege.

He then engaged in "sexual contact" with her, police said.

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Officials were able to convince Barnes Hernandez to turn himself in, and he was taken to central booking for arraignment. He was arraigned on the charges May 1, and District Judge Douglas F. Meisenhelter denied him bail.

Elias Barnes Hernandez

Court records state that he was denied bail because of the threats he allegedly made to the woman. He does not have an attorney listed.

Barnes Hernandez's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. May 15 at District Judge Scott J. Gross' office.

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