YORK – Corey Simmons, also known as Corey Martinez, 28, of York, has entered a plea in a case that initially involved charges of first degree false imprisonment, a Class 3 felony; attempt of a Class 3 felony, a Class 4 felony; theft/receiving stolen property with a value under $500, a misdemeanor; and tampering with physical evidence, a Class 4 felony.
The prosecution was also initially seeking a habitual criminal enhancement, due to the defendant’s long criminal history.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed with the court, the York Police Department was dispatched to an apartment on a report that Simmons was dragging a woman down a hallway and “restraining her freedom in a terrorizing manner.”
The responding officer entered the apartment complex, according to his report in the court files, and saw Simmons allegedly attempting to exit the building.
“Mr. Martinez (Simmons) is known to carry weapons and to resist arrest and flee,” the report says, “therefore the officer drew his duty weapon and began to apprehend Mr. Martinez. After the officer holstered his weapon in order to handcuff him, Martinez (also known as Simmons) began reaching for his waistband and tried to escape. He attempted to strike the officer with a closed fist, which was unsuccessful. The officer deployed his taser, which was ineffective as Mr. Martinez was wearing a coat.”
Court documents allege that Martinez (Simmons) then ran away. Officers reviewed the 911 call that had alerted them in the first place, and the report was that Martinez hit the woman, stole her bike, she was abducted and dragged 150 feet down the hallway before officers arrived.
The reporting officer also wrote in the affidavit, “I am aware Mr. Martinez is a repeat violent offender and has the current pending cases in York County: criminal mischief, driving under suspension, possession of marijuana, flight to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, violation of a stop or yield sign, improper turn, driving under revocation, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual criminal enhancement, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, disturbing the peace, habitual criminal enhancement, escape from official detention and habitual criminal enhancement.”
The court document says further that a different police officer later saw Martinez (Simmons) chasing a woman (the same woman involved in the initial call) in the area of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. That police officer said he deployed pepper spray and Martinez (Simmons) ran.
He was later taken into custody.
This week, Martinez (aka Simmons) pleaded no contest to attempt of a Class 3/3A felony, which is a Class 4 felony. All the other charges were dismissed in return for that plea, as part of an agreement with the prosecution.
Sentencing has been scheduled for July 22. He is now facing a possible maximum sentence of two years in prison.