Hearings Postponed for Emlenton Couple Accused of Keeping Woman Locked in Room, Abusing Her

| March 2, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – Court officials say the preliminary hearings for an Emlenton couple, who are accused of keeping a woman locked in a bedroom and abusing her, have been continued.

Court documents indicate that the preliminary hearings for 27-year-old Britany Nicole Hoover and 32-year-old Graham Scott Snyder are now scheduled for April 3 at 8:30 a.m. in Venango County Central Court.

The hearings were previously scheduled to be held on March 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Hoover has been charged with the following offenses:

  • Kidnap To Inflict Injury/Terror, Felony 1
  • Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
  • Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (six counts)
  • Unlawful Restraint/Involuntary Servitude, Misdemeanor 1
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (12 counts)
  • False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor 2
  • Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (12 counts)

The following charges were filed against Snyder:

  • Kidnap To Inflict Injury/Terror, Felony 1
  • Unlawful Restraint/ Involuntary Servitude, Misdemeanor 1
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (10 counts)
  • False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor 2
  • Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (10 counts)

Jail records indicate the two defendants remain in the Venango County Jail on $25,000.00 bail each.

Active warrants were issued for the couple on Thursday, February 21.

Emlenton Chief of Police Dan Siegel said the couple turned themselves in around 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 25, at Judge Lowrey’s office in Seneca, Venango County.

They were arraigned at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25.

According to a criminal complaint filed at Judge Lowrey’s office, Patrolman Baney responded to a residence along Hill Street in Emlenton on February 12 around 4:46 p.m.

The complaint notes that the victim and the defendants lived at the residence at the time.

Upon police arrival, Patrolman Baney found a 46-year-old female victim yelling from a second story window. He gained entry into the home and proceeded to an upstairs bedroom where the victim was located.

The criminal complaint states that the bedroom door was secured with a two-piece hasp that was affixed to the door and hardwood framing with a wire interlocking the mechanism preventing the victim from exiting the room.

The victim was the only person present at this time.

According to the criminal complaint, Patrolman Baney gained entry into the room and found the victim inside with black eyes, a split lip, and contusions to her face and forehead. The victim also had bruises that were in different stages of healing, including bruising around her neck and chest.

Ambulance personnel were dispatched and transported the victim to UPMC Northwest, in Seneca, for treatment.

The victim was interviewed at UPMC Northwest and stated that Britany Hoover and Graham Snyder locked her in her bedroom on February 12, and then left the residence.

She stated that Hoover and Snyder locked her in the room on numerous occasions dating back to January 1, 2019.

According to the victim, Hoover and Graham locked her in the room and would only let her out to eat and use the bathroom.

The criminal complaint states that the victim told police that the amount of time she was locked in the room became “longer and longer” on each occasion and she would have to “hold her urine” for long periods of time.

The victim also stated that Hoover threatened to choke her “until she passes out,” cut off her fingers, break her fingers, slit her throat, and break her wrist, according to the complaint.

The victim also indicated that Hoover said she had access to a gun and told her, “I could shoot you in the head.”

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police that she has been physically assaulted by Hoover on at least twelve occasions between the dates of January 01, 2019, and February 12, 2019.

The victim said Hoover punched her with a closed fist, struck her with a cell phone, and put both hands around her neck and squeezed “until she could hardly breathe.”

The victim told police that the most recent physical assault occurred on February 8 when Hoover punched her with a closed fist and choked her.

She also said Graham punched her with a closed fist and struck her in the face and the head more than ten times between January 1, 2019, and February 12, 2019.

She told authorities that she was deprived of exiting the residence and “not allowed outside.”

The victim is currently staying with relatives, according to Chief Siegel.


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