Franklin Man Accused of Chasing Victim With Taser at Area Gas Station

| October 17, 2020

BARKEYVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man faces criminal charges for reportedly chasing a victim with a taser in the parking lot of an area gas station.

Court documents indicate the Polk Borough Police Department on October 16 filed the following charges against 50-year-old Steven Gregory Armant:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to Cause Serious Bodily Injury or Causes Injury with Extreme Indifference, Felony 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in September at a gas station located along State Route 8, in Barkeyville Borough, Venango County.

According to a criminal complaint, a known victim reported that sometime between 6:20 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on September 2, while he was getting fuel at the above-described location, Steven Gregory Armant followed him in the gas station parking lot.

The victim stated that he could identify Armant who was reportedly wearing his uniform from a known trucking company, the complaint notes.

The victim told Sergeant Heller, of Polk Borough Police Department, that Armant had a taser in his hand and was setting it off, and Armant then lunged at him with the taser. The victim was able to knock Armant’s arm away, at which point Armant went back to his vehicle and left the station, according to the complaint.

Sergeant Heller then reviewed video footage from the gas station. The footage showed Armant chasing the victim through the parking lot, and the victim moving quickly out of the way from Armant before Armant returned to his vehicle and left the station, according to the complaint.

Armant did not get gas or go into the store. He only parked, waited for the victim, and chased him through the lot attempting to taser/stun gun him and cause him bodily injury, the complaint indicates.

Armant was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, October 16.

Unable to post $25,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on October 21 in Venango County Central Court with Judge Lowrey presiding.


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