Man Accused of Locking Woman in Car, Assaulting Her Held for Court

| February 7, 2019

CRANBERY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man accused of giving a woman a ride, then allegedly making unwanted advances, and locking her in his vehicle was held for court on Wednesday.

According to court documents, the following charges against 45-year-old CY Gaines-Colon, of Oil City, were held for court on Wednesday, February 6:

– Unlawful Restraint/Involuntary Servitude, Misdemeanor 1
– Indecent Assault-W/O Consent Of Other, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Harassment – Course of Conduct W/No Legitimate Purpose, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Gaines-Colon remains free on $2,500.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on November 23, Trooper Cirell, of the Franklin-based State Police, was conducting a traffic stop on Riverside Drive and was approached by an employee of a local towing company. The employee told Trooper Cirell that there was a female at their garage who stated that she was sexually assaulted.

Trooper Cirell immediately cleared from the traffic stop and went to the garage. He met with the known victim who was shaking and crying intensely, the complaint states.

She told Trooper Cirell that she ran from a local business to get away from CY Gaines-Colon. She said that she took a ride with “Cy” from a local tavern to the business.

According to the complaint, the victim reported that on the ride, the victim said that “Cy” made multiple verbal advances toward her, such as asking her “Have you ever fooled around on your boyfriend before?” and “Have you ever been with a colored person before? I’m Puerto Rican from the waist up, but I’m African American from the waist down.”

Cy had leaned in and kissed her which was completely unwelcome, the complaint indicates.

The victim said that she had to push him off of her.

According to the complaint, Cy told her as he exited, “Well, think about it because we could always pull off on Upper Sage.”

The victim stated that Cy exited his vehicle to go into a local business, and he locked her in his vehicle.

The victim said this sent her into a panic because she was unable to exit the vehicle by simply pulling on the door handle. She said that when “Cy went into the store, she started pushing buttons on the inside of the vehicle which did not work.”

In a later interview, the victim said that while riding in the vehicle, Cy also touched her leg which was also an unwelcome physical contact, the complaint states.

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