Police: York inmate with HIV spit on fellow inmate, threatened to kill guard

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

An HIV-positive York County Prison inmate is accused of spitting in the face of a fellow inmate and repeatedly threatening to kill a corrections officer in front of the officer's family, according to state police.

Rickey Dontrell Edwards, 28, whose last-known address was in Glen Burnie, Maryland, was arraigned Thursday, Oct. 11, on charges of assault by prisoner, aggravated harassment by a prisoner, making terroristic threats and harassment.

District Judge Barry Bloss Jr. set Edwards' bail at $100,000, court records state.

Rickey Dontrell Edwards

Charging documents allege Edwards spit in the face of another inmate on Sept. 18, despite the fact that Edwards is HIV-positive and knows it.

Edwards later admitted to an investigating trooper that he spit in the inmate's face, according to documents.

He also repeatedly threatened to shoot a corrections officer, telling that officer he intended to shoot him as his family watched, while the officers was on his knees, charging documents allege.

During his police interview, Edwards admitted to making the threats and told the trooper that, once released from prison, "all he would have to do is tail" the officer home, at which point he would "handle it," documents allege.

Edwards was in York County Prison because he was unable to post $100,000 bail in his earlier case, in which York City Police arrested him after an alleged disturbance at the Greyhound bus terminal at 53 E. North St. on Aug. 11, according to court documents.

Bus station hubbub: City police allege Edwards threatened to assault the owner of the bus terminal "and put him in the hospital," documents state.

Concerned for his safety, owner Roland Mechler armed himself with a tire iron, at which point Edwards threatened to come back with a weapon, according to documents.

As officers arrived, they spotted Edwards walking down North George Street, holding a large rock, police said.

Officers had to tell him to drop the rock numerous times before he complied, then repeatedly told him to get on the ground until he eventually complied and was arrested, charging documents state.

Once in the back of a city police cruiser, Edwards kicked at a door and window and screamed loudly enough to draw the attention of passers-by, police said.

"Once we placed him in our transport van, Edwards continued to resist ... officers and attempted to bite officers," according to charging documents filed by Officer Christopher Thompson.

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