York police: man charged with armed robbery after climbing through window, threatening woman with knife


A York man is facing burglary and armed robbery charges after police say he climbed through a kitchen window and threatened a woman with a knife.

York Police arrested Bernard Samuel Shannon, 48, after a 2 a.m. burglary call on May 18. A 62-year-old woman told police she heard a noise in her home on the 600 block of Marvin Circle, then found Shannon standing in the house with a knife.

She told Shannon, whom she recognized from previous interactions, to leave her home and then retreated to another room to call police. Shannon followed the woman into the next room demanding money, then charged at her with the knife and threatened her life, the report states.

The woman told police she had children in the house at the time of the break-in and that Shannon left the home after a boy retrieved an aluminum baseball bat from his room and threatened the burglar with it.

Once York Police arrived at the home, they determined Shannon had entered the home through an unlocked kitchen window. They noted several plates left on the kitchen counter to dry had been knocked on the floor and that mud and grass had been tracked in.

Using a description the woman provided, police found Shannon walking on Valley Road a short time later and took him into custody. Shannon denied having a knife and told police he was inside the house because the woman let him in.

Shannon is being held without bond in the York County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062