Red Lion skateboard attacker jailed again on new assault charges

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York County man still on probation for vicious skateboard attack that left a Red Lion man with life-changing brain damage has again been charged with assault.

Devin Tylor Flaharty, 25, of the 100 block of East Broadway in Red Lion, is now in York County Prison on $25,000 bail, charged with misdemeanor simple assault and the summary offense of harassment, according to court records.

Police said he and his ex-girlfriend were in their home about 9:40 a.m. Friday and started texting back and forth about both having cheated on the other, charging documents allege. They were in different rooms, police said.

Flaharty then went into the bedroom where the woman was located, grabbed her phone in one hand and her shirt in the other hand, and yanked her off the bed, documents allege.

Devin Tylor Flaharty

They rolled around on the floor for perhaps 30 seconds, at which point Flaharty grabbed one of her legs and pulled her across the floor, leaving her with brush burns on her elbow, according to charging documents.

Flaharty had left the home before state police arrived, but he returned after a trooper called him and advised him to do so, police said.

Flaharty denied assaulting his ex-girlfriend and instead claimed it was self-defense because she punched him after he took her phone from her to check its history, according to charging documents.

There was no physical evidence to back up his claim, documents state.

Flaharty can't be released from York County Prison even if he posts bail.

That's because county probation officials have filed a probation-violation detainer on him, based on his new charges, according to prison records.

The detainer alleges he violated his probation conditions in the Red Lion skateboard attack case.

Skateboard attack: Flaharty was sentenced to a year minus a day to two years minus two days in York County Prison, plus five years of probation, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault in the 2014 case.

Devin Tylor Flaharty

Guy Verdinelli, who was 39 at the time, was walking through a parking lot just off North Main Street in Red Lion with fiancee Christina Thompson and another woman about 10:45 p.m. Aug. 22, 2014, when they were approached by Flaharty, Danny Graffius and a third man, all of whom began harassing the women, York Area Regional Police have said.

Verdinelli told the trio to back off, and they began pushing him and trying to hit him, police said. As Thompson called 911, Flaharty came up behind Verdinelli and hit him in the head with a skateboard.

Verdinelli collapsed and was lying on the ground when Graffius punched him four or five times in the head, after which the attackers ran off, according to police, who said Verdinelli was still unconscious when officers arrived at the scene.

Graffius also pleaded guilty. He was sentenced in February 2016 to intensive probation, with the first 30 days in county prison and the next 60 days on house arrest, plus 100 hours of community service.

Both men were ordered to pay restitution to Verdinelli for his medical bills.

'Long road' ahead: Verdinelli and Thompson spoke at the sentencing hearings of both Graffius and Flaharty about how the attack changed their lives.

"The healing process has been slow, and I struggle to accept that I have a long road ahead of me to (return to) a functional state," Verdinelli has said.

Before the attack, he  worked as a wood assembler at Mastercraft Specialties in Red Lion, but he is disabled and can no longer do the work that once supported Thompson and their children, he said.

"My role as a financial provider for my family is a duty that I can no longer fulfill as I struggle to be able to complete daily tasks," he said at Flaharty's sentencing.

"I wonder if we can lead normal lives again," Thompson has said.

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

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