Probation for man who assaulted, tied up Hanover-area woman
A former West Manheim Township man has avoided prison for pointing a shotgun at his former girlfriend, physically assaulting her, tying her up and holding her against her will.
Alexander Daniel White, 26, appeared in York County Court on Thursday, May 3, where he was sentenced to two years of intensive probation, with the first six months on house arrest, according to defense attorney Heather Reiner.
White also must undergo a mental-health evaluation and comply with recommended treatment, and earn his general equivalency diploma, court records state.
"By all accounts, this was out of character for him," Reiner told The York Dispatch.
A number of his friends and family members, as well as his employer, submitted letters to the court on his behalf, she said.
White, who was only in York County to work, has returned to his native North Carolina, and his probation is being transferred there, she said.
He pleaded no contest on March 8 to making terroristic threats, false imprisonment, simple assault and criminal mischief.
Reiner said he pleaded no contest rather than guilty because he was intoxicated at the time of the incident and can't clearly remember details.
"He hasn't had a drink since the day it happened," she said.
She confirmed that while White and his victim are no longer together, the victim didn't want him to go to prison.
What happened: Court documents state White's then-girlfriend returned to her Baltimore Pike apartment with a friend about 2 a.m. Nov. 20, 2016, and found that White was extremely intoxicated.
The women went to the home of the victim's father, who lives in the same apartment complex, but White followed them, West Manheim Township Police said.
He smacked his girlfriend across the face with his hand and pushed her to the ground, documents state.
He then went inside the father's apartment, took the cellphones of his girlfriend and her friend, ran back to his apartment and locked the door, police said.
'I could kill you': The victim knocked on her own door and White eventually let her inside, police said.
That's when he pointed a shotgun at her and said, "I could kill you, bury your body and no one would know where you are," documents state.
White put down the shotgun, wrestled the victim to the ground and elbowed her in the stomach, then "jacked her up against the wall" and threw her on their bed, police said.
He tied her ankles together with rope and repeatedly asked her where she hid his alcohol.
"(Each) time she answered him denying the allegation, he pulled the rope on her ankles tighter," court documents state.
White eventually allowed the woman to get up, and she ran outside with a bag of her belongings, police said. However, White chased her and ripped the bag out of her hands, according to documents.
The woman made it inside her father's apartment and locked the door, after which White walked over to a 2003 Saturn Ion owned by her friend and slashed all four tires, police said.
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