UPDATE: Charges Withdrawn Against Philadelphia Man Accused of Vision Quest Assault

| April 20, 2017

Police LightsFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) — Felony assault charges that were filed against a Philadelphia man following an incident at Vision Quest Tuesday morning have been withdrawn, according to District Judge Andrew Fish’s office.

Kenneth Walker, 18, was arraigned in front of District Judge Andrew Fish Tuesday on the following charges:

  • Robbery-Take Property from Other/Force, Felony 3
  • Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
  • Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Propert, Misdemeanor 2
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

Judge Fish was not available for comment and officials in his office were not told why the charges were dropped.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Franklin-based State Police Trooper Todd Bingman, he interviewed a night supervisor at Vision Quest, a residential treatment facility for juvenile offenders.

The supervisor told Tpr. Bingman that around Midnight Tuesday he found a cell phone. Cell phones are not permitted at VisionQuest.

A few minutes later, a juvenile got out of bed and began searching for the phone. He then called for Walker and another juvenile to help him and they, with force, tried to get into Nay’s pockets to find the phone, according to the criminal complaint.

One of the juveniles allegedly shoved the supervisor and he fell back over a chair and to the floor. One of the juveniles also threatened him by saying they would beat him up.

The supervisor was able to get away and go outside to call for help from staff in another building.

Walker was lodged in the Venango County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.

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