Oil City Woman Accused of Breaking Into House, Assaulting Resident

| December 23, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City woman is facing burglary, assault, and related charges stemming from an incident in which she allegedly broke into a house and struck the resident.

According to court documents, on December 20, the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 35-year-old Debra A. Burrows, of Oil City.

A criminal complaint filed by Officer Anderson indicates that around 4:48 p.m. on December 20, the Oil City Police Department was dispatched to a residence on East Fourth Street for an unwanted perpetrator.

Officer Anderson made contact with the victim who advised that Debra Burrows entered her apartment with the intent to assault her.

During the investigation, it was learned that Burrows entered the apartment with an unidentified male and stated to the victim, “Let’s settle this right now,” according to the complaint.

Burrows and the victim have a known history of assault and harassment complaints on each other. Burrows and the unknown male grabbed the victim by the hair and engaged in a physical altercation. They allegedly struck her in the neck and face area, the complaint states.

In addition, during the altercation, multiple Christmas decorations owned by the victim were destroyed.

The victim was able to get away from the two actors and get into her bathroom where she contacted the Oil City Police Department.

When the victim exited her bathroom, she observed that the hand railing for the apartment steps was torn off the wall and the two actors had left the apartment.

Police observed physical injuries to the victim on the nose and neck area.

While photographing the apartment, strands of hair matching the victim and a credit card belonging to Burrows was located, according to the complaint.

When Officer Anderson made contact with Burrows at her residence on East Fourth Street, she had a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from her person. She told officers that she had not left her residence that day, the complaint indicates.

Based on the investigation, Burrows was arraigned at 8:55 p.m. on December 20 in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office.

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Criminal Mischief-Damage Property, Summary
– Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail, she was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on January 2 in Venango County Central Court.

Burrow is also facing a pre-trial conference on January 22 from a July 11, 2018 assault case.


Venango County Court of Common Pleas Court Summary

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