Police: OC Man Arrested for Assault; Wanted on Outstanding Warrant on Felony Drug Charges

| September 12, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man who was taken into custody on assault charges on Monday is facing an additional felony charge after it was discovered he was wanted on a felony arrest warrant in Mahoning County.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 22-year-old Daniel Stephen Hilliard.

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:18 a.m. on Monday, September 9, Sr. Patrolman Culp, of the Oil City Police Department, responded to a residence on Cornwall Street for a report of a physical domestic altercation.

Upon arriving at the scene, Patrolman Culp noted the female victim had a laceration on her knee and an abrasion to her left cheek above her left eye.

According to the complaint, the victim reported that her son, Daniel S. Hilliard, came to her house after her husband left and assaulted her. The victim stated Hilliard was under the influence of Xanax and a “pressed pill” that she assumed was ecstasy. She went on to state that the assault began with Hilliard verbally berating her then escalated to him “trashing” her bedroom, and finally culminated with Hilliard striking her on the left side of her face with a closed fist two times. The victim said she then called a family member, and Hilliard fled on foot.

While preparing to clear the scene, Patrolman Culp was then dispatched to a parking lot on Relief Street for a report of a male in gray sweatpants and a gray hoodie behaving in a suspicious manner, possibly under the influence of something, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, upon arrival at the scene, Patrolman Culp spotted the man with his hands draped over the top of the fence speaking with Patrolman Ruditis and was able to identify the man as Daniel Hilliard.

Patrolman Culp then made contact with Hilliard, who the complaint notes was “manifestly under the influence of a controlled or intoxicating substance.” Patrolman Culp then informed Hilliard he was under arrest, and, after Hilliard asked why, explained it was both for the assault on his mother and for public intoxication based on his current state.

The complaint notes Hilliard stated he uses his prescribed suboxone as part of his treatment program.

Hilliard was then placed into custody.

According to the complaint, upon arriving at the Oil City Police Department, Patrolman Culp was informed that Hilliard was listed as a wanted person on an outstanding warrant for fifth-degree felony possession of drugs with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department.

Hilliard was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, September 9, on the following charges:

– Flight To Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Felony 3
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary
– Public Drunkenness and Similar Misconduct, Summary

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

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, in Venango County Central Court with Judge Fish presiding.

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