Report: York Co. inmate threatened detention officer’s family

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comFebruary 4, 2013 

— A York County inmate already serving time for harassing the mother of his child last year now faces more charges after he threatened a detention center officer and her family on Friday, officials say.

Monte Larika McIlwain, 34, of Lancaster is charged with threatening the life of a person or family of official, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. He is held at the jail on a $8,000 bond.

He has been in jail since October, when he allegedly threatened to go to his child’s mother’s home and “bust out her windows,” according to Rock Hill Police.

On Friday, a detention center officer at the Moss Justice Center said McIlwain became upset and threatened to do her harm after she wrote him up for a separate incident, the report states. The officer said McIlwain approached her in a threatening manner, forcing another officer to step in between them.

McIlwain also threatened the officer’s family, saying he knows where she lives and he would “blow her house and family up,” the report states. McIlwain then made a gesture with his hand as if he had a gun and planned to shoot her.

Rock Hill Police arrested and charged McIlwain with public disorderly conduct in October when he threatened his child’s mother and then walked down Anderson Road smelling of alcohol, according to a police report.

On the way to jail, he threatened one of the officers, using numerous expletives, the report states.

At one point, he said: “Done it before, I’ll do it again. ... You can hit me with your Taser, I don’t give a (expletive) about that. I’m gonna get you before it hit me, though.

“You gonna feel the wrath!”

Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that McIlwain has an extensive criminal history dating back to arrests and convictions in 1998 when he was fined $225 for disturbing the peace in Lancaster. In 2001, he was placed on two years’ probation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana and giving false information.

A year later, he was convicted for public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, resisting arrest, burglary and simple assault and battery. In 2003, he was fined for soliciting a prostitute before he was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 for two counts of burglary. He was out of jail in 2007 and faced more arrests in Rock Hill but no convictions until he spent less than a year behind bars for criminal domestic violence. More arrests, including a 2009 conviction for threatening the life of a public official, followed.

He was placed on probation in Lancaster in May 2012 for a second-degree assault and battery conviction.

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