West Manchester Twp. man charged for Christmas Eve assault

Jason Addy

A West Manchester Township man was in York County Prison Wednesday after allegedly choking the mother of his child on Christmas Eve.

Cory W. Brooks, 32, faces one felony count of strangulation, one count each of simple assault and terroristic threats — both misdemeanors — and one count of harassment, a summary offense, according to court documents.

Cory Brooks, 32, of West Manchester Township

Brooks was arrested on Dec. 26 after an interview with West York Borough Police, documents state.

During the interview, Brooks told Detective Mike Mendez that he still talks and meets with his daughter’s mother, despite a protection-from-abuse order against him, according to charging documents.

Brooks told police he went to see his daughter at her residence in Shelly School Apartments in West York on Christmas Eve and was helping her mother wrap presents when an argument started, documents state.

Brooks said he left the apartment after retrieving his cellphone, but Mendez “did not believe he was telling ... the full truth,” according to the documents.

When asked why the mother of his child had red marks on her neck, Brooks said they “don’t have ‘normal’ sexual relations,” though he could not explain the broken lamps in the apartment or the broken door, according to charging documents.

Brooks eventually admitted to shoving the woman several times and holding her down on a sofa, but he denied multiple times that he had put his hands on her throat, documents state.

When Mendez asked why the woman banged on neighbors’ doors begging for help after the incident, Brooks allegedly responded that she “was crazy/messed up and that’s what she does.”

Brooks was unable to post his $35,000 bail and will await his Jan. 10 preliminary hearing from York County Prison. Brooks’ bail was increased from $20,000 after he was charged with felony strangulation, according to court documents.