York City officer retires in wake of domestic-violence case

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A longtime York City police officer accused of assaulting his estranged wife in their home earlier this year has retired from his job.

Ritchie Page Blymier submitted a letter to York City on June 28 that stated he was retiring effective July 15, according to Chief of Staff Philip Given.

He was hired as an officer in September 1996, Given said.

Ritchie Blymier

Blymier, 48, of the Spring Grove area, remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail, meaning he didn't have to post any money to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court hearings.

He was arraigned Aug. 22 in York County Court on his charges of simple assault and harassment, court records state.

Blymier has a pretrial conference scheduled for Oct. 17 before presiding Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder, according to court records.

He is being represented by defense attorney Chris Ferro, who could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday, Sept. 6.

Southwestern Regional Police allege he assaulted Brenda Blymier in their home on May 20.

PFA in place: Afterward, she obtained a temporary protection from abuse order against her husband, according to court records, which state she had previously filed for divorce on May 1.

As of Thursday, the temporary PFA had been amended but remains in place until Oct. 25, according to information from the York County Prothonotary Office.

Ritchie Blymier was placed on paid administrative leave by York City Police when the charges were filed against him, city officials have said.

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Southwestern Regional Police were called to the Blymier home about 12:20 p.m. May 20, where they found Brenda Blymier with scratches around her neck and chest, as well as wrist injuries, according to charging documents.

Those documents allege the Blymiers were arguing when he became upset, pushed her onto a chair, got atop her and grabbed her wrists while pressing his knee on her stomach to hold her down.

He then put his hands on her chest and throat, police allege.

Brenda Blymier's PFA petition stated her estranged husband is "very controlling ... and has 8 cameras inside and outside of our home watching everything we do."

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