Wanted Man Accused of Hiding from Police Inside Attic of Condemned Oil City House Held for Court

| May 26, 2023

courtVENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) — The case against a wanted man who was reportedly hiding from Oil City Police Officers inside the attic of a condemned house moved forward in court on Wednesday.

According to court documents, 33-year-old Cory Russell Deeter, listed as a transient – of Oil City, was held for court on Wednesday, May 24, in Venango County Central Court.

The following charges were transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas:

– Criminal Trespass – Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2

Deeter remains lodged in the Venango County Prison on $25,000.00 monetary bail.

Details of the case:

According to the criminal complaint, on April 28 at 3:27 p.m., Venango County 9-1-1 dispatched Oil City Police Officers to a residence on Lewis Alley to assist the Venango County Sheriff’s Office with apprehending a man with warrants.

Officers arrived on the scene at 3:30 p.m. and spoke with deputies at the residence. Deputies were at the front door speaking to a female. Deputies informed officers that the known female stated that Cory Deeter was in the residence, the complaint states.

Deeter was known to officers to have an absconder warrant through probation and parole.

Officers noticed that the residence had signs posting it as a condemned house, and no one was supposed to be inside, according to the complaint.

Upon entering the condemned house, officers began searching for Deeter. While in an upstairs bedroom, officers observed an attic door in the ceiling, the complaint indicates.

An officer attempted to pull the ladder down, but it would not come down. Officers were able to get ahold of the wood and pull on it. The wood broke off the ladder as Deeter could be seen holding it from above, the complaint notes.

Deeter was instructed to show his hands. It was noted that he would not show his hands and continued to hold the ladder, the complaint states.

Officers were able to get the ladder pulled down, and Deeter moved to the back of the attic, at which time he began to throw items through the hole to prevent officers from entering the attic to apprehend him, according to the complaint.

Officers were able to put Deeter into custody without further incident.

Deeter was arraigned at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, with Judge Fish presiding.


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