Robbery Charges Filed Against Two Oil City Men; Woman Threatened With Gun

| May 25, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Two Oil City men are facing a laundry list of charges following a Monday evening robbery involving a handgun.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 18-year-old Jason John VanWormer Jr., of Oil City, on May 23:

– Robbery-Take Property From Other/Force, Felony 3
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Receiving Stolen Property
– Conspiracy – Robbery-Take Property From Other/Force, Felony 3
– Conspiracy – Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Conspiracy – Receiving Stolen Property

The charges are the result of an incident that occurred on the evening of Monday, May 20, at a residence located on the 200 Block of Lincoln Street, in Oil City, Venango County.

Around 11:06 pm on Monday, May 20, Lieutenant Love and Patrolman Karns responded to 203 Lincoln Street for a reported robbery involving a firearm.

According to a criminal complaint, the officers arrived at the above-described location and spoke to the resident and his guest. The female guest stated they were packing in the bedroom when they heard a loud banging at the fire escape door. She went into the living room and saw two males: Jason VanWormer and another known man.

The woman said she heard one of them say: “Just grab everything,” the complaint states.

She stated that she confronted VanWormer about him taking her money and wallet. He pointed a handgun at her and told her it was loaded, according to the complaint.

VanWomer and the known man fled out the fire escape door prior to the officers’ arrival.

Lieutenant Love requested a warrant to be issued for Jason VanWormer; he was arraigned at 1:49 p.m. on May 24 in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office.

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

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 5 with Judge Kirtland presiding.

The following charges were also filed on May 23 against the second man, whose name is being withheld due to an active warrant:

– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Robbery-Take Property From Other/Force, Felony 3
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Receiving Stolen Property
– Conspiracy – Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Criminal Trespass-Break Into Structure, Felony 2
– Conspiracy – Robbery-Take Property From Other/Force, Felony 3
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Conspiracy – Receiving Stolen Property


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