Franklin Man Charged With Choking Woman During Domestic Dispute Held for Court

| November 24, 2020

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man who allegedly choked a woman during a domestic dispute was recently held for court on felony charges.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 30-year-old Scott Andrew Heckathorne were held for court on November 18:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Heckathorne remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $10,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred at a residence in Franklin earlier this month.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 4:32 p.m. on November 3, Franklin Police were dispatched to a residence on 15th Street for a report of a domestic disturbance.

At the scene, police spoke to a known female victim who reported that she and Scott Heckathorne were arguing at her residence which resulted in her telling Heckathrone to leave. She told police he stepped outside, then came back in to get his phone charger and proceeded to follow her up the stairs to her bedroom.

According to the complaint, the victim reported Heckathorne then put her on her bed and placed pressure on her throat until she could not breathe. She told police she kicked him off of her, and he then grabbed her phone, went downstairs, and threw her phone off of the stairs, breaking it. Heckathorne then left the residence.

Heckathorne was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 7:25 p.m. on November 3.

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