Hearing Scheduled for Oil City Man Accused of Striking Victim Multiple Times, Threatening to Kill Him

| July 9, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man who allegedly struck a male victim multiple times is facing a preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 60-year-old Michael D. Acklin, of Oil City. He was arraigned at 7:45 p.m. on July 3 in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on the following charges.

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

Acklin was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

Bail was denied because Acklin stated that he was going to kill the victim, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on July 11 in Venango County Central Court.

According to a criminal complaint, on July 3, Michael Acklin was involved in a verbal altercation with a known man. During the course of the argument, Acklin approached the victim and allegedly spat on him.

The complaint states that as the victim attempted to move away, Acklin attempted to strike the victim in the head. The victim moved onto the road, and Acklin repeatedly attempted to strike him. Acklin allegedly struck the victim multiple times in the body area.

When Officer Rosenberger arrived at the scene, he observed Acklin in the middle of Kramer Avenue with his fist in an aggressive posture following the victim around as the victim was attempting to get away, according to the complaint.

Officer Rosenberger and Patrolman Hargenrader approached Acklin and an odor of an alcoholic beverage was observed.

During the arrest, Acklin was argumentative and his speech was slurred, according to the complaint.

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