Oil City Man Accused of Threatening Women Waives Hearing

| May 13, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man who is accused of threatening two women waived his preliminary hearing in court last week.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 30-year-old Joshua Wayne Godfrey, of Oil City, were waived for court on Wednesday, May 8:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

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

Godfrey remains lodged in the Venango County Jail. He was denied bail with the bail action reason in the court documents listed as “Defendant will not comply with bail conditions.”

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Oil City on Thursday, May 2.

According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday May 2, officers of the Oil City Police Department were dispatched to a business on Elm Street in Oil City for a report of a female needing assistance.

Upon their arrival, the officers made contact with a female victim who advised another female was still inside a room with the man who threatened them both with physical bodily harm.

According to the complaint, after knocking, Sr. Ptlm. Ruditis made contact with a second female victim as well as Joshua Godfrey, who was known to him from prior law enforcement related matters.

Sr. Ptlm. Ruditis was provided entry into the room. According to the complaint, after Sr. Ptlm. Ruditis entered the room Godfrey attempted to turn away and Sr. Ptlm. Ruditis then observed drug paraphernalia, namely a syringe, in Godfrey’s left hand, which he was attempting to place in his pocket.

Godfrey was then placed in handcuffs for safety purposes.

Sr. Ptlm. Ruditis then spoke to the victims who allegedly reported Godfrey stayed with them from the previous night, and throughout the night and early morning, he began acting strange and began accusing them of stealing his belt. The victims said that morning, he began threatening to punch or strike both of them if they contacted police or did not give him back his belt.

The complaint notes one of the victims provided a statement on audio and video recording.

Godfrey was then taken into custody. The complaint notes a search of Godfrey incident to arrest revealed a small piece of marijuana cigarette, a used syringe, a set of black digital scales with residue, and other pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Based on the investigation, Godfrey was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.

Court documents indicate Godfrey also has several hearings on additional charges scheduled in the upcoming weeks.

According to court documents, Godfrey is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, on the following charges:

– Escape, Felony 3
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

He also has hearings scheduled in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish on Wednesday, May 29, and on Wednesday, June 5, on several counts of possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

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