Oil City Man Accused of Assaulting Woman Waives Preliminary Hearing

| March 20, 2017

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man facing assault charges waived his right to a preliminary hearing March 15 in Venango County District Court.

Herbert L. Brickner, 47, faces charges of misdemeanor, simple assault, and summary harassment.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Oil City Police Department Patrolman Byham, officers were dispatched to 11 Division Street on March 3 for a report of a fight.

Officers arrived on scene and spoke with a female victim and a witness.

Following interviews with the female victim and a witness, it was determined that Brickner allegedly entered a room where the victim was sleeping and proceeded to get on top of her.

While on top of the woman, Brickner allegedly slapped her across the face and then slammed her head off of the ground, according to the criminal complaint.

The altercation ended after the victim’s boyfriend and the witness separated the two, according to the criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint states that the victim had a red mark on her face and a lump on the back of her head following the incident.

Brickner waived his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish on March 15 at 8:30 a.m.

The case has been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Brickner is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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