Man who prompted 2016 Eastern York HS lockdown pleads guilty

  • Timothy Hannah Jr., 24, who entered Eastern York High School last year, prompted a lockdown, pleaded guilty.
  • Hannah had four open cases, which he pleaded guilty in all of them.
  • Some of the charges were dismissed.
  • He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20.

A man charged in a string of crimes involving underage York County girls — including one that prompted a lockdown at Eastern York High School last year — has pleaded guilty in all his cases.

Timothy Hannah Jr.'s attorney, Rick Robinson, confirmed Thursday, Sept. 21, that his client entered an open plea on all four of his cases.

Hannah's crimes range from choking a 16-year-old girl at Eastern York High School last year, which prompted the lockdown at the school, to striking a 16-year-old girl in the face with an extension cord, police have said.

Timothy Hannah Jr.

Some of Hannah's charges were dismissed, which led to the guilty pleas to the other charges, Robinson said.

Because Hannah entered an open plea, there was no agreed-upon sentencing for his plea.

"It'll be up to the judge," Robinson said.

Hannah is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20.

Hannah, 24, of no fixed address, was arrested in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in December after nearly three months as a fugitive. He's been in York County Prison on $60,000 bail since February.

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Eastern York: On Sept. 23, 2016, Hannah entered Eastern York High School and choked a girl in the bathroom, Lower Windsor Township Police said.

His presence at the school prompted a lockdown of the school, police said.

The victim, 16 at the time, said during his preliminary hearing that she was in a relationship with Hannah when the incident occurred. 

Timothy Hannah Jr.

She said she had met him in the bathroom, and the two started arguing. The girl said Hannah thought she was cheating on him.

"He choked me and pushed me up against the wall," she testified.

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After that, Hannah stopped and the student went back to class, she said. The teen said she didn't contact anyone else about the incident.

Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Tim Caldwell, who responded to the incident at the time, testified during Hannah's preliminary hearing as well. He said police were called because a man, later identified as Hannah, was in the building.

Caldwell said another official had made contact with Hannah and coordinated with Hannah to get him to return to the school later the day.

He said Hannah came to the northeastern edge of the school property, and Caldwell and another officer attempted to apprehend him but were unsuccessful. Caldwell said Hannah ran across the street into a field, then escaped by jumping through a bush.

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For that case, Hannah was charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, aggravated assault and flight to avoid apprehension.

He pleaded to all but the aggravated assault charge, which was dismissed.

Other charges:  York City Police in early June 2016 filed charges against Hannah of simple assault, false imprisonment, making terroristic threats and harassment. 

Charging documents state Hannah read the diary of a different underage girlfriend on June 1, 2016, and became jealous and angry.

While reading her diary aloud, Hannah punched the 16-year-old and struck her on both sides of her head with an extension cord, charging documents state. Police said the assault lasted about an hour, at which point the girl grabbed for her phone to call 911.

Hannah pleaded guilty to simple assault and false imprisonment, according to online court documents. His charges of terroristic threats and harassment were dismissed. 

Hannah also was on the run for other crimes in York County, two of which involved underage girls.

He fled on foot from a vehicle stop in York City on May 12, 2016 — leaving behind a "juvenile female passenger," according to court documents that state he was wanted at the time on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and access device fraud.

He was driving with a suspended license, his car had no insurance and wasn't registered, and the registration he was using was for a different vehicle, police said at the time.

For that case, Hannah pleaded guilty to flight to avoid apprehension and driving with a suspended license.

Hannah fled from York City Police again Aug. 6, 2016, after officers found him with an underage girl in a condemned city home, charging documents state.

In that case, officers were called to 150 W. King St. for a trespassing report. The property had been condemned and declared uninhabitable by city officials after a fire there, police said.

Officers found a teenage runaway in a third-floor bedroom, then found Hannah hiding in a closet in the same bedroom, documents state. Hannah fled on foot and got away, police said.

He pleaded guilty to criminal trespass in that case.

Robinson said his client is remorseful for his actions.

Hannah has lived in the first block of South West Street, the 300 block of West King Street and the 200 block of Carlisle Avenue, according to court records.

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