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Police: York man tells cop on phone he'll kill girlfriend, then racks gun slide

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man allegedly threatened to kill his domestic partner — punctuating his declaration by racking the slide on his handgun — while on the phone with a police officer.

Robert Rios, 48, of the 800 block of Prospect Street in York City, remains free on $10,000 bail, charged with the felony of attempted aggravated assault, misdemeanor stalking and the summary offenses of harassment and criminal mischief.

Sgt. Daniel Lentz, spokesperson for the York City Police Department, said officers were called to an an apartment in the Cable House, 400 E. Princess St., about 4 p.m. Nov 24.

Roberto Rios

The woman who lives in the apartment told officers her boyfriend was intoxicated and had demanded the keys to her apartment, but she refused, police said.

Rios became upset and pulled out a 9 mm handgun, according to Lentz.

Rios grabbed the woman's hair, pointed the gun at her head and threatened to kill her the sergeant said.

A witness was able to grab Rios and throw him out of the apartment, but Rios got back in and again threatened to kill the woman, police allege.

He then caused about $500 in damage to her belongings by destroying tables and home decor before the witness was able to physically remove him a second time, Lentz said.

While officers were in the apartment speaking with the woman, Rios called there about 10 times, and at some point an officer got on the phone, according to police.

"Mr. Rios then told our officer to tell the victim … that he was going to kill her," Lentz told The York Dispatch on Tuesday.

"The officer heard a distinct noise that he knows through his training and experience to be the racking of the slide of a pistol," after which Rios hung up the phone, Lentz added.

Rios could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Court records don't list a defense attorney for him.

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

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