Police: Dover Twp. man choked, threatened his mother

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Matthew Turner, 39, was arrested on Sept. 22.

A man from Dover Township is accused of choking and threatening his mother, among additional charges, according to police. 

Northern York County Regional Police said Matthew Turner, 39, threatened his mother during an altercation between the two at her home at the 4000 block of Jules Lane in Dover, where he moved in last November.

Turner allegedly demanded money from his mother after she returned home from church on Sunday, Sept. 22. The mother responded that she would help Turner and advised he return to school, but she would not give him money. 

Police said Turner became angry and began flipping furniture in the house, including the recliner his mother was seated in, causing her to fall to the ground.

Police said Turner then smashed the woman's face to the ground and said, "Sit down or I'll f— gut you," and "Don't you understand I can murder you?"

The mother attempted to call 911 but was intercepted by Turner, who threw the phone and put his hands on her throat and head, according to police. 

The mother was able to escape and run out the door to call 911 at a neighbor's house, charging documents indicated. 

In addition to choking, a felony, and a first-degree misdemeanor of making terroristic threats, Turner is also charged with simple assault and false imprisonment, both misdemeanors, and a summary offense for harassment.

Turner was admitted to York County Prison on Sunday. His bail has been set at $100,000.

A preliminary hearing for Turner is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 7 before District Judge David Eshbach.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.