Police: Oil City Man Punches Son Multiple Times, Threatens to Kill Him

| February 26, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is in the Venango County Jail after he allegedly assaulted his son and threatened to kill him.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 50-year-old Steven Joseph Beatty Sr., of Oil City.

Around 6:37 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, Officer Webster, of the Oil City Police Department, received a radio dispatch to respond to Orchard Street for a physical fight in progress. Upon his arrival, he made contact with Steven Joseph Beatty, Sr., according to a criminal complaint.

Beatty told Officer Webster that “he was fighting with his son and did not know how the fight started. He also stated that he had punched his son multiple times in the face,” the complaint indicates.

Upon speaking with the victim, Officer Webster was informed that Beatty reportedly began yelling at him and threatened to kill him for unknown reasons. The victim stated that Beatty had struck him in the face multiple times with a closed fist, according to the complaint.

A friend that was at the residence at the time of the assault attempted to separate the individuals, and Beatty allegedly continued to strike the victim.

The victim stated that “Beatty began to threaten to kill everyone inside the residence,” according to the complaint.

The complaint indicates the victim also stated that Beatty has turned off the oxygen to a family member on multiple occasions making it difficult for her to breathe.

According to the complaint, while Beatty was being evaluated at UPMC Northwest, he stated several times, “When I see my son again, I’m going to kill him.”

He was arraigned in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office at 9:19 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, on the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats Cause Serious Public Inconvenience, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

He was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

According to court documents, bail was denied as Beatty “is a threat to the victim(s), self, and society.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on March 6 with Judge Fish presiding.


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