Police: Hellam Twp. man terrorized woman for days

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Branden Michael Hunter

A Hellam Township man was arrested after he abused a woman for days and left her with bruises from head to toe, police said.

Branden Michael Hunter, 20, of the 5300 block of Brummer Lane, is charged with  strangulation, a felony, and with making terroristic threats and simple assault, both misdemeanors. 

He also faces harassment and criminal mischief damaging property with reckless or negligent intent, both summary offenses. He's in York County Prison with bail set at $25,000.

Hunter was arraigned Feb. 15 before District Judge Robert A. Eckenrode. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 18 before District Judge John H. Fishel.

York Area Regional Police said Hunter terrorized the victim for days.

Police were called at 6:32 p.m. Feb. 8 when several witnesses reported they heard a woman screaming and yelling for help along Second Street in Windsor Township.

The woman told police Hunter "has been doing stuff to her for several days," and she had bruising all over her body, including her arms, legs, chest and back, according to charging documents.

Police also saw bruising on the woman's left ear and on her middle finger from when he allegedly twisted it two days earlier, according to charging documents. 

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The woman said Hunter stabbed her with his keys, punched her in the face and mouth, choked her and threatened to kill her. A witness said he saw Hunter also break a cellphone.