Police: Slingshot-wielding man threatened Springettsbury family

Jason Addy

A Springettsbury Township man is in York County prison after trying to pick a fight while wielding his slingshot.

Brett Landis, 34, of 3205 E. Market St., Apt. 14, faces 24 charges for challenging a family to a fight outside their home, according to charging documents.

Brett A. Landis, 34, of Springettsbury Township

Landis’ charges include four counts of simple assault and eight counts of harassment — all misdemeanors — and 12 summary counts of disorderly conduct, court documents state.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Landis was seen “opening and closing his umbrella" in the family’s backyard in the 3100 block of East Market Street, which the father of the family said was “a little strange,” though he didn’t think much of it, according to court documents.

Forty-five minutes later, Landis was at the family’s back door, pointing a slingshot at family members looking out at him through the windows while yelling at them to “come out and challenge me,” documents state.

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Landis then went to the front of the home and continued to aim his slingshot at the family and yell obscenities, according to court documents.

When one of the family’s neighbors walked outside to confront him, Landis pointed his slingshot at the man. At that point, a Springettsbury Township Police officer arrived on the scene and drew his weapon, demanding Landis drop his slingshot and lie on the ground, which he did without any further incident, documents state.

The family told police they thought Landis also had a sword on his back, but officers were unable to locate it, documents state.

The family  told police they had never seen Landis before, according to court documents.

Landis remains in York County Prison, unable to post his $25,000 bail.