Pennsylvania “Officer of the Year” Arrested for Beating; False Imprisonment of His Wife
Officer Bryn Lindenmuth was named the 2015 York County Officer of the Year in May. Last week though, he was charged with three domestic violence related charges (simple assault, false imprisonment and harassment) against his wife. The abuse and mistreatment was characterized by his wife, Kalina Lindenmuth, as an ongoing pattern of violence that had happened “many times before” and not some momentary loss of temper.
Currently, Lindenmuth is on paid vacation until the Good Cops he works with complete their “investigation” and decide whether to sweep it under the rug completely or offer him some low level plea bargain deal. He was also given an unsecured bail of $25,000, which means he didn’t actually have to pay any money to post bail, but would end up owing that amount if he skips out on court.
Via the YorkDispatch.com:
Kalina Lindenmuth returned home from a cookout about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, and was parked near her home. Bryn Lindenmuth drove by in his Jeep, got out, unlocked his wife’s car with spare keys and took her keys out of her car, according to documents.
Bryn Lindenmuth then yelled at Kalina Lindenmuth before heading off in his Jeep, documents state. Kalina Lindenmuth walked back to her home, where police say she found her husband throwing beer bottles on the front lawn.
When she went into the house, her husband continued to yell at her, taking her phone and looking through it, police said. Bryn Lindenmuth then allegedly ripped her tank top, ripped off her bra, scratched her and allegedly tore apart her sandals, documents state. He also allegedly ripped up photos of them together, police said.
Kalina Lindenmuth then sat on a recliner while Bryn Lindenmuth used her phone to call her sister, telling the sister to mind her own business and calling both women “pieces of sh—t,” according to police.
Police say Bryn Lindenmuth pushed over the recliner with his wife still in it and that when she tried to walk away, he blocked her and pushed her, then tried to throw her through the rear sliding-glass door.
Bryn Lindenmuth allegedly hoisted Kalina Lindenmuth over his shoulder, but she managed to get away and ran to get her phone. Bryn Lindenmuth got the phone first and put it in his pocket, police said, then picked her up again, trying to force her outside.
“Bryn used substantial force using his elbow and jammed it down hard on her shoulder in an attempt to knock her down,” documents state.
He then tried to lock Kalina Lindenmuth in the garage, telling her she could sleep there before turning off the lights, documents state. After that, Bryn Lindenmuth allegedly came into the garage, telling his wife they were leaving, and he tried to force her into the passenger seat of a vehicle.
Kalina Lindenmuth tried to get back into the home to get her phone and wallet, but “Bryn kept blocking her path and grabbed her arms and started to force her backward to possibly fall down the steps,” documents state.
Kalina Lindenmuth was able to grab her flip-flops and run to a neighbor’s home, where she used their phone to call 911, police said. The entirety of the incident lasted from about 11 p.m. until 3 a.m., according to police.
While speaking with police, Kalina Lindenmuth said she was scared of what her husband might do after she called police, adding that he has many weapons in the house, documents state. The couple’s two children were not present during the incident, police said.
The responding officer conferred with the York County District Attorney’s Office before filing the charges, police said, and Kalina Lindenmuth was taken to a local district judge’s office to obtain an emergency protection-from-abuse order.
As stated earlier, Lindenmuth was named 2015 York County Officer of the Year in May by the York County Police Heritage Museum. In addition, according to Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean, Officer Lindenmuth has “always excelled at whatever he does” in his eleven years as a police officer and member of the York County Drug Task Force. He seems to have especially excelled at Revenue Generation, having 350 “traffic enforcement” stops.