Burglar Accused of Assaulting Homeowner Due in Court Next Week

| February 15, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A man accused of attempting to burglarize an Oil City residence and assaulting a homeowner is due in court next week.

Court documents indicate 39-year-old Timothy A. Dawes Jr., of Oil City, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of
Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20.

Dawes faces the following charges:

  • Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
  • Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3 (two counts)

Unable to post $75,000.00 monetary bail, he remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:32 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, Oil City Police were dispatched to a medical call for a male with a laceration to the head in the area of Butler Alley in Oil City.

Patrolman Labesky arrived at the scene and found Timothy A. Dawes Jr. bleeding from the head and arms.

Officers were able to discover that witnesses saw Dawes walking through the neighborhood bleeding, according to the complaint.

The officers followed the trail of blood that Dawes left.

The complaint notes that while on the scene, officers were dispatched again for a report of a break-in at a residence on Pearl Avenue.

According to the complaint, the officers were able to track the blood from Dawes location on Butler Alley to the residence where the break-in was reported on Pearl Avenue.

Through investigation, the officers discovered that Dawes was inside the residence on Pearl Avenue, without the homeowner’s knowledge or permission. Dawes spray painted a wall inside the home, the complaint states.

The homeowners confronted Dawes when they discovered him inside the residence, and Dawes then charged the victims and assaulted the homeowner. According to the complaint, the homeowner was able to break free and then cornered Dawes inside the residence. Dawes then jumped through a glass window of the residence and continued on foot through the neighborhood, the complaint indicates.

Dawes was arraigned at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish.

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