Franklin Man Accused of Assaulting, Threatening Woman Waives Hearing

| December 1, 2022

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man accused of assaulting and threatening a woman at his Chestnut Street residence waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

According to court documents, 31-year-old Isaiah Anthony Williams waived the following charges during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Intimidate Witness/Victim – Refrain From Report, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats with Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

The case has been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Williams remains lodged in the Venango County Prison on $5,000.00 cash bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, a female victim arrived at the Franklin City Police station around 6:18 p.m. on November 15 and reported that Isaiah Williams assaulted her at his Chestnut Street residence.

The victim told police that she was at the residence to retrieve some items around 5:45 p.m. when Williams used a closed fist to strike her on the left side of her face and neck/chin area.

The victim signed a written statement and had visible injuries to support her accusations, according to the criminal complaint.

Additionally, the officer who took her statement photographed an abrasion on her left chin, as well as redness on her face.

According to the victim’s statement, when she arrived at the residence, only a few of her belongings were outside and Williams “coaxed (her) upstairs” to get the remaining items.

Once upstairs, Williams allegedly threw the victim on the bed and punched her in the jaw, the complaint states.

He also allegedly threw a “potty chair” at her, the complaint notes.

A second male intervened and stopped Williams from punching her in the ribs, according to the criminal complaint.

Williams then allegedly grabbed the victim by the neck and lifted her off of the ground, blocking her airway.

The second man at the scene then made Williams leave the residence until someone came to get the victim.

Through the course of the assault, Williams also allegedly told the victim that “if she went to the police, he would break her neck when he got out of jail,” according to the criminal complaint.

Williams was arraigned by District Magistrate Patrick E. Lowrey on November 15.

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