Police: Student impersonator choked girl at Eastern

Christopher Dornblaser

A man who police say impersonated a student at Eastern High School on Monday is now accused of choking a student that day, according to charging documents filed by Lower Windsor Township Police on Wednesday.

Timothy J. Hannah Jr., 23, of no fixed address, is accused of going with a student into the girls' bathroom and choking her, police said.

On Monday, before the school day started, police say Hannah met with a girl in the bathroom near the cafeteria. Police spoke to the girl and asked her about Hannah, documents state. Officers told her she was seen on video going into the bathroom with Hannah, police said.

"At this time, she advised that the defendant, Timothy Hannah, had choked her and threatened her, and she was afraid for her safety," Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Tim Caldwell wrote in charging documents.

The girl told police she was meeting with Hannah but felt afraid of him and felt like he would hurt her, documents state.

Caldwell said Tuesday afternoon that Hannah entered the high school building Monday morning, invited by someone the district said was his girlfriend. A school staff member noticed and tried to take Hannah to the office, but he instead quickly left the school premises, Caldwell said. He said Hannah told the staff member he was a new student.

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According to charging documents, police found Hannah in the parking lot of the high school near Cool Creek Road. The officer tried to take Hannah into custody, but he was able to break free and run across Cool Creek Road into a farm field across from the school, documents state.

The officer chased Hannah away from the school heading east toward Knights View Road, but he managed to escape police in the woods, according to police.

Hannah will be charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, aggravated assault, and flight to avoid apprehension, charging documents allege.

Hannah has active warrants for criminal trespassing and fleeing from police out of York City, according to court records.

Caldwell could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

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