Woman charged in York City hammer assault

Lydia Aviles-Casanova

A York City woman is accused of calling a woman racial epithets before assaulting her with a hammer Sunday night, according to police.

York City Police said Lydia Ivelisse Aviles-Casanova, 52, struck the woman in the 300 block of West King Street about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

Aviles-Casanova, 52, of the 300 block of West King Street, is charged with aggravated assault, a felony, and misdemeanor simple assault, She was also cited with a summary harassment offense.

Aviles-Casanova remains free on $25,000 bail. A number could not be found for her, and she did not have an attorney listed as of Tuesday.

Incident: Court documents state the victim and another person were outside when they heard Aviles-Casanova on a balcony upstairs talking to herself.

She was calling the victim racial epithets and said she would come downstairs and "take care of her," according to authorities.

Aviles-Casanova then came downstairs and hit the woman in the face and head with the hammer, police said.

The victim and the person she was with were able to wrestle the hammer away from Aviles-Casanova, charging documents state.

When police arrived they found Aviles-Casanova with cuts on her knees from the struggle she had with the two other people, police said.

When asked what happened Aviles-Casanova was not able to speak clearly or make sense, charging documents state.

The victim suffered a cut to her upper lip and complained of head pain, but she refused medical treatment, according to authorities.

She was arraigned on the charges the morning of Monday, Sept. 17. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.