Police: Oil City Man Threatens to Kill Girlfriend, Her Mother; Victim Punches Officer During Arrest

| January 2, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend and her mother, and the man’s girlfriend allegedly punched an officer during the arrest.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 32-year-old Zerrius Keytwaun Boyd, 23-year-old Hope Nichole Marshall, and 46-year-old Heather Delong (Walker), all of Oil City.

Around 9:43 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, Oil City Police Officers were dispatched to a North Street residence for a domestic incident. The report was called in by Heather Delong (Walker) stating that her daughter’s boyfriend Zerrius Boyd had threatened to kill her daughter Hope Marshall as well as Heather herself, according to the complaint.

Upon arriving on the scene, Patrolman Anderson was already at the residence knocking on the door.

The complaint states that Patrolman Drake could see Hope Marshall standing in the kitchen of the residence, and she refused to come to the door. After several minutes of trying to speak with Marshall, she finally came out of the residence. She stated she did not call the officers, and there was no reason for them to be there.

While speaking with officers, Marshall re-entered the residence and shut the door. Officers then followed Marshall into the residence while explaining to her that she was not free to go.

Officers then asked where Zerrius Boyd was, and Marshall stated he was upstairs. Officers explained they needed to speak with him, and Marshall then stated she was unsure of where he was.

Boyd then came down the stairs and confronted officers, demanding they leave the residence. Officers asked Boyd to identify himself, and he refused several times. Then, Marshall and Delong confirmed Boyd’s identity.

Patrolmen Byham and Anderson informed Boyd that he was under arrest, and he immediately started to pull away from officers while arguing with them. He stated that he needed to record this and pulled out his phone and told officers multiple times to walk out to the porch, according to the complaint.

While Patrolmen Byham and Anderson were taking Boyd into custody, Marshall ran into the residence yelling at officers to get their hands off Boyd, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Patrolman Drake then grabbed Marshall and informed her that she was under arrest. Marshall began pulling away and screaming and again tried to get to the officers who were arresting Boyd. She pulled away, and with her free hand struck Patrolman Drake with a closed fist in the chest.

Patrolman Drake again grabbed her and pulled her out onto the porch and began placing her into handcuffs. At that point, Delong ran up on the porch while Marshall struggled. Delong grabbed Patrolman Drake by the arm yelling, “You can’t arrest her she is pregnant,” the complaint states.

Officers then attempted to handcuff Delong, and she resisted. Trooper Johnson then arrived on the scene and pulled Delong away, taking her into custody, the complaint indicates.

After placing the three arrestees into the patrol cars, officers cleared the residence with Police Chief Wenner.

Officers located a small amount of marijuana in a plastic zip lock style baggie in plain view in an upstairs bedroom of the residence.

All three individuals were arraigned at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 30, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

Boyd faces the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Obstruct Admin Law/Other Government Function, Misdemeanor 2
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Marijuana-Small Amount Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

Marshall was charged with the following offenses:

– Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
– Obstruct Admin Law/Other Govt Function, Misdemeanor 2
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Possession Of Marijuana, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail, she was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

The following charges were filed against Delong:

– Obstruct Admin Law/Other Govt Func, Misdemeanor 2
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce, Misdemeanor 2

Delong is free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

Preliminary hearings for Marshall and Delong are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, with Judge Fish presiding.

A preliminary hearing for Boyd is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, in front of Judge Fish.


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