Assault Charges Against Oil City Man Held for Court

| May 17, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City Man facing charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend had two counts held for court and one other charge dismissed on Wednesday.

According to court documents, the following charges against 19-year-old Darrell Banks, of Oil City, were ordered held for court in a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

A charge of first-degree felony Intimidate Witness/Victim – Withhold Testimony was withdrawn.

He remains lodged in the Venango County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 cash bail.

Case details:

According to a criminal complaint, on April 8, the Oil City Police Department received information from a known female caller that 19-year-old Darrell Banks, of Oil City, caused bodily harm to his live-in girlfriend.

Police attempted to make contact with the victim by returning to the residence where the alleged assault occurred. Although the victim was not there, a female juvenile who had witnessed the alleged beating was at the residence during the investigation. The juvenile told police she had seen Banks hit the victim in the face and “stomp” on her head, the complaint states.

On April 9, officers were contacted again by the known female caller reporting that she had direct contact with the victim and saw bruising on her arms and forehead, and the victim also had a swollen jaw. The caller stated that she would testify to the details provided, if necessary.

Officers made contact with the victim on April 9. She admitted that the incident with Banks did occur, but also advised officers that she would “deny” it, would not permit the juvenile in her care to testify, and that she had lied to the known female caller regarding the incident, according to the complaint.

While speaking with the victim, officers said they observed bruising to the victim’s wrist, elbow, and forehead, as well as observing that the victim had a swollen jaw.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Banks on April 9 for the alleged attack.

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