Oil City Man Accused of Aggravated Assault, Strangulation During Domestic Dispute

| January 22, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A Oil City man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted and strangled a woman during a domestic dispute in Oil City on Friday morning.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 41-year-old Robert Alan Sabousky, of Oil City, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office on Friday, January 18:

  • Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
  • Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2 (two counts)
  • Unlawful Restraint/Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1
  • Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:13 a.m. on Friday, January 18, officers of the Oil City Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 300 Block of Linden Avenue for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Upon their arrival, Patrolmen McDevitt and Ruditis made contact with a known female victim with recent injuries from an assault.

According to the complaint, the victim was very upset and stated that her fiance, Robert Sabousky, had been hitting her and choking her since around 3:30 a.m. that day and showed the officers a fresh injury to the left side of her lower lip as well as marks and redness to her neck.

Robert Sabousky was located at the residence and was taken into custody.

The victim was transported to the Oil City Police Station to have her injuries photographed and to give a statement.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that Sabousky was angry that she was not the one who picked him up from being in state police custody recently, and an argument ensued after she told him that she was going to leave him.

The victim stated that Sabousky threw alcohol and water on her, backhanded her in the face, and choked her from behind with his arm, making it hard for her to breathe. She also stated that she attempted to scream for help, but Sabousky covered her nose and mouth to prevent her from screaming, which also made it hard for her to breathe, according to the complaint.

The victim reported that she attempted to run from the house, but Sabousky slammed the door shut on her, knocked her to the ground, and began to choke her with both hands, making it hard for her to breathe again. During the altercation, Sabousky wanted access to the victim’s phone, which was secured via fingerprint access. The victim refused to give him access to her phone and clenched her fists shut to keep him accessing her fingerprint, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, at that time Sabousky bit the victim’s right thumb in an attempt to make her open her hands.

The complaint also notes the victim reported that Sabousky told her he will “kill her” if she tries to leave or take the children. She reported that he also said that if he “finds out that she was seeing anybody else, then he will kill them, then her and take the kids.” The victim stated that this has been an ongoing issue between them for a couple of years and that Sabousky is always threatening her with harm or death.

Sabousky was arraigned in Judge Fish’s office at 4:40 p.m. on Friday, January 18.

Bail was denied, with the reason listed in the court document as “threat to society,” and Sabousky was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, with Judge Fish presiding.


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