Hearing Continued for Oil City Woman Charged With Attempting to Stab Man

| October 13, 2021

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing for an Oil City woman who allegedly attempted to stab a man at a residence in Oil City has been continued again.

Court documents indicate a preliminary hearing for 29-year-old Jessica Erin Reed scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, has been continued and is set to resume at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3, in Venango County Central Court.

This is the sixth continuance on the case.

Reed faces the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

She is currently lodged in the Venango County Jail on $10,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from an incident in Oil City in early June.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, a known male contacted Oil City Police to report an assault. The victim reported that Jessica Erin Reed had been up talking to herself and family members who were four hours away (indicating she was having hallucinations).

The victim said that Reed had stabbed a mattress in their bedroom and then attempted to stab him before locking herself in a bathroom, the complaint states.

Police responded to the scene where the victim also reportedly told them Reed had been “stomping” around the house and “acting out” for several hours in “bizarre ways.” The victim told police Reed had mental health issues and said he believed Reed was also under the influence of controlled substances, according to the complaint.

Some officers then began speaking to Reed through an open second-story bathroom window while other officers entered the home to make contact with her. Police found Reed exiting the bathroom with miscellaneous items in her hands, and she reportedly dropped the items when ordered to do so, the complaint continues.

Police then spoke to Reed in an attempt to “find the root issue,” but she refused to talk and then ordered the officers to leave her residence, according to the complaint.

The officers then attempted to handcuff and arrest Reed, and she reportedly gave some resistance, attempting to pull her arms free and sitting down on the floor in protest, the complaint indicates.

She also continued to speak to people who were not present, the complaint notes.

Reed was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 1:00 p.m. on June 1.


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