Charges Filed Against Franklin Woman for Fleeing, Struggling With Police

| August 10, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin woman is facing criminal charges following an incident where she reportedly fled police, then struggled with them when they caught up to her.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 36-year-old Angel Lynn Knepp.

According to a criminal complaint, around 7:32 p.m. on July 27, Oil City Police responded to the area of the Wye Bridge for a report of two individuals actively using drugs. At the scene, police located two individuals matching the description from the report.

The complaint states the officers recognized one of the individuals as Angel Knepp, who they knew to have an active bench warrant for her arrest for absconding from Venango County Probation.

According to the complaint, when police reached the bottom of the hill and started toward Knepp, she immediately stood up and began to flee in the opposite direction. A foot pursuit then ensued, and the officers ordered Knepp to stop.

An officer then caught up to Knepp, grabbed her by the arm, and attempted to place her arms behind her back. She reportedly continued to pull away and move in the opposite direction, pushing away from the officer. She then broke away and began to run away again, according to the complaint.

The officer then drew his taser and tased Knepp in the back. She fell to the ground, and the officer attempted again to put her hands behind her back. Knepp reportedly continued to pull away and resist. However, she was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody, according to the complaint.

She was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 4:00 p.m. on August 6, on the following charges:

– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Flight To Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Misdemeanor 2

Unable to post $1,500.00 monetary bail, she was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, in Venango County Central Court with Judge Fish presiding.

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