Police: Ex-boyfriend robbed, threatened, harassed York County woman

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Matthew Earl Yohn

A Perry County man remains in York County Prison, accused of robbing, terrorizing and harassing his ex-girlfriend last week.

Matthew Yohn, 26, of the first block of Petersburg Drive in Duncannon, cannot be released even if he posts his $20,000 bail. That's because a detainer has been filed against him in Cumberland County Court.

Yohn was arraigned Thursday at the county's central booking unit on the felony charges of robbery and attempted burglary, the misdemeanors of theft, making terroristic threats and attempted simple assault, and the summary offense of harassment.

State police said he went to the Warrington Township home of his former girlfriend about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

He tried to break into her Carlisle Road apartment through both the front door and the rear sliding-glass door, telling her, "I'm going to kill you," charging documents allege.

He broke into her vehicle about two hours later and stole the base to her infant safety seat, police said. The offense is considered a robbery because Yohn allegedly was threatening the woman while taking the seat, documents state.

"(The alleged victim) recorded both incidents on her cell phone," documents state, and police were able to confirm the victim's allegations through those videos.

Yohn took the infant car-seat base and fled the scene in his blue ECI Services work van, police allege.

'Threats and insults': The woman was also able to show police hundreds of missed calls and hundreds of texts on her phone from Yohn, "with varying degrees of threats and insults," charging documents state.

Matthew Earl Yohn

Police said the woman's responses to the texts appeared to try to defuse the situation and indicated that "she does not wish to have contact with him anymore," according to documents.

The woman told police Yohn had also tried to break into her home the day before, while on duty for his job, police said.

York County Court records show that Yohn pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to committing indirect criminal contempt on a protection from abuse order against him.

York County Judge Matthew D. Menges sentenced him to six months of probation and ordered Yohn to complete a batterer's intervention class and to undergo a mental-health evaluation and comply with recommended treatment, according to records.

Yohn owes $934.50 to York County Court for costs associated with that case, court records state.

Terroristic threats case: Probation supervision in the York County contempt case was transferred to Cumberland County, where Yohn pleaded guilty a year ago to making terroristic threats. He was sentenced to a year of probation for that crime, according to records.

On Oct. 15, the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office filed a motion seeking to have Yohn's probation revoked. A Cumberland County judge granted the motion on Thursday, court records state.

Those records state it's the Cumberland County case for which probation officials have filed a detainer that prevents Yohn from being released even if he makes bail.

It is unclear if he has retained a defense attorney on his new charges.

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

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