Oil City Man Faces Felony Burglary, Witness Intimidation Charges

| May 15, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is facing felony burglary and witness intimidation charges following an incident that occurred at a residence early Saturday morning .

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 28-year-old William Michael Kennedy, of Oil City:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Intimidate Witness/Victim – Refrain From Report, Felony 3
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

According to a criminal complaint, while conducting an investigation about drug paraphernalia, a witness had text messages from William Kennedy stating that he needed his “bowl” back.

Oil City Police Patrolman Byham made contact with Kennedy and asked him to come to the station for a talk.

After speaking with Kennedy, Patrolman Byham was contacted by a known victim concerning Kennedy entering her house on Wilson Avenue shortly after midnight on May 12, opened her door, walked to her bedroom while she, her mother, and her children were sleeping, and began yelling at her.

The victim said that Kennedy yelled at her, “Thanks for calling the cops on me about drug charges, now I am going back to prison.”

The victim said that Kennedy then saw that the victim’s mother had woken up while he was yelling, and he began walking out of the residence. The victim said that as he was walking out, he noticed she had $2.00 laying on the kitchen table and took it. The victim stated that Kennedy is not allowed to just walk into her home whenever he wants, according to the complaint.

While conducting a search incident to arrest, Patrolman Byham found two $1.00 bills in Kennedy’s front pants pocket.

Kennedy was arraigned at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office.

Unable to post $20,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, with Judge Kirtland presiding.

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