Police: York City man put gun to head of trial witness

Liz Evans Scolforo, 505-5429/@LizScolforoYD
  • Police said Shelton Ritter was free on bail for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend when he broke into her home Sunday.
  • Ritter is accused of pressing the barrel of a handgun against the woman's head and threatening to kill her.

A York City man awaiting trial for allegedly choking his girlfriend in February broke into the woman's home Sunday morning and put a gun to her head while she was sleeping, police allege.

Shelton Ray Akeem Ritter is now in York County Prison, having been denied bail.

Shelton Ray Akeem Ritter

He is accused of choking his girlfriend during a Feb. 1 argument inside her home for which he's charged with simple assault. The alleged victim in the case testified against Ritter at his preliminary hearing, according to court records which state his next court appearance is a pretrial conference set for June 28.

About 3 a.m. Sunday, Ritter — who was free on $15,000 bail — texted the woman and asked to see his child, and she agreed, police said.

While at the home, Ritter pulled out a handgun, unloaded it and made several comments that he was "tired of everything" and "wanted to end it," charging documents state. He left after some discussion, police said.

Awakened by gun: But police allege he returned to the woman's home five hours later and somehow broke in.

The woman told police she awoke in her bed about 8 a.m. to find Ritter standing over her and pressing a 9 mm handgun against her head, according to charging documents.

He threatened to kill her, saying, "We can both go right now," documents allege. He then ran from her home, according to police.

Someone inside the home called 911 to report a burglary, and responding officers detained Ritter behind the home as he was walking away with his sister, documents state.

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Felony charges: Defense attorney George Margetas, who is representing Ritter in the simple assault case, declined comment Thursday, saying he hasn't yet had a chance to speak with his client about the new charges.

Ritter, 31, of 327 E. Market St., is charged with the felonies of burglary, carrying a firearm without a license and retaliating against a witness or victim, as well as the misdemeanors of making terroristic threats and attempted simple assault.

He also is being held in prison on a probation violation, according to prison records.

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