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Alleged break-in rapist facing trial in York City case, awaits hearing on West York charges

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A homeless man accused of breaking into two homes — in West York and York City — and raping the women inside is now facing trial in his York City case.

Each woman was asleep in her bed and awoke to find a man holding a knife to her throat before being raped, police said. He's also accused of attempting to break into another West York home.

D'Angelo Stephon Manns, 23, remains in York County Prison without bail on his two West York cases, and on $250,000 bail on his York City case.

Manns appeared via video-teleconference at his preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Linda Williams.

His public defender, Karen Byrnes-Noon, stipulated to the allegations in Manns' probable-cause affidavit for the purpose of Tuesday's hearing only, meaning no testimony was necessary for Williams to determine enough evidence exists for Manns to stand trial in York County Court.

Williams set Manns' formal county court arraignment for Nov. 24.

Afterward, Byrnes-Noon declined comment on her client's behalf.

Senior deputy prosecutor Kara Bowser also declined comment as she left the hearing.

In the York City case, Manns is charged with the felonies of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and burglary and the misdemeanors of indecent assault without consent and criminal trespass.

The city rape happened just before 5 a.m. July 11 inside a home in the city's east end, according to charging documents filed by lead Detective Kyle Hower.

A resident of the home told police she was sleeping in her bed and awoke to find a man she didn't know sexually assaulting her, documents state.

Held knife to throat: The rapist held a knife to her throat as he assaulted her, charging documents allege.

D'Angelo Stephon Manns

He had broken into the woman's home, police said.

Last month, West York Police released security photos and video of a man who they said broke into a borough home and raped a woman inside at knifepoint.

The York City rape victim identified the man in those photos and video as the man who raped her, according to charging documents.

Hower interviewed Manns after West York Police arrested him.

"The defendant admitted to raping the victim while holding a knife to her neck," Hower wrote in documents.

West York case: West York Police arrested Manns on Sept. 11 after borough Lt. David Kahley determined Manns was the person in the security photos and video, West York Police Chief Matt Millsaps has said.

D'Angelo Stephon Manns

Charging documents filed by Kahley state that Manns confessed to breaking into the West York woman's home and raping her.

"Specifically (he) stated he is homeless and was out looking to break into residences, looking for food," Kahley wrote in charging documents. "He stated while inside the residence … he had sex with a female without her consent."

It happened shortly before 6 a.m. Sept. 8, police said.

The woman awoke to find Manns holding a knife to her throat and telling her there were two other intruders in her home who would kill her family if she yelled for help, charging documents allege.

The woman didn't know Manns, Millsaps has said.

In the West York case, Manns was denied bail and remains charged with rape, burglary, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, criminal trespass, making terroristic threats and indecent assault.

Thwarted? Kahley also filed charges against Manns for allegedly trying to break into a different West York home about 30 minutes before the borough rape. That was a home on West Market Street, documents state.

Manns tried to crawl into a window in the home but was chased away by a man who lives there, according to those charging documents.

His preliminary hearings for his two West York cases are set for Nov. 18, according to court records.

Victims of sexual assault in need of immediate assistance are urged to contact the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape's toll-free hotline, 888-772-7227. For more information, visit pcar.org.

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

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