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PSP: Lewisberry-area man held girlfriend, mom against their will

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

A Lewisberry-area man attacked his girlfriend and her blind mother inside the mother's home Saturday and refused to let them leave — even yanking the mother's phone off a wall and throwing it in the trash, police allege.

Lester Alfonza Winstead, 48, of 2120 Pinetown Road in Warrington Township, is now in York County Prison on $15,000 bail, charged with two counts each of unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, criminal trespass, harassment and disorderly conduct, and one count of criminal mischief, according to charging documents.

Lester Alfonza Winstead

State police allege Winstead was angry that his girlfriend wasn't staying at their home and instead was at the home of her blind mother.

He went to the mother's home, which is in the same neighborhood as Winstead's, and let himself in with a key he'd been given, charging documents state.

Winstead screamed and yelled at the women and hit them both, documents allege.

Victim's clothes torn off: He grabbed his girlfriend and tried to pull her off a couch but ended up ripping off her pants and tearing her shirt, "to the point where she was essentially nude," documents state.

Winstead threw a plastic bag and two plastic containers out of the house, all of which contained the 59-year-old mother's medications, police allege.

He also ripped the mother's home phone from a wall and threw it in the kitchen garbage can, charging documents state.

"He then told (the women) that they were not leaving and he was holding them hostage," documents state.

Winstead refused the women's repeated demands that he leave, according to police.

Two 911 calls: State police were dispatched to the home about 12:30 a.m. Saturday by the York County 911 Center, after one of the women apparently was able to twice phone 911, police said.

"During the calls all that could be heard was screaming and yelling," documents state.

It was Winstead who answered the door when a responding trooper knocked, and he was immediately arrested because it was clear the girlfriend's clothes "had been torn from her body," documents allege.

The girlfriend later told state police that Winstead was drunk and that she suspected he had been using crack cocaine earlier that evening, documents allege.

She suffered scratches during the incident, police said.

Online court documents do not list a defense attorney for Winstead.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.