Man Wanted for Escape from State Drug Treatment Facility in Erie Arrested in Oil City

| October 13, 2021

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A man who was wanted for escape from a state drug treatment facility in Erie was arrested in Oil City late last week.

Court documents indicate the Oil City Police Department on Friday, October 8, filed criminal charges against 24-year-old Jeffrey Allen Goodman Jr., of Oil City.

Charges were also filed against 31-year-old Megan Marie Ames, of Pleasantville.

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:09 p.m. on Friday, October 8, Oil City Police responded to a residence on Manning Street to assist Pennsylvania State Parole and a State Constable in attempting to make contact with a known male for whom the constable had warrants.

According to the complaint, when the agents first arrived at the residence, they initially spoke to Megan Ames, who reportedly told them “no one else was inside the house.”

The complaint indicates that while the agents were speaking to Ames, Jeffrey Goodman appeared inside the house and “took off running.”

A brief foot pursuit then ensued, and Goodman was subsequently taken into custody, according to the complaint.

Oil City Police arrived at the scene after Goodman was already in custody. Police had prior knowledge that Goodman was wanted by the Department of Corrections, and police took over his custody after the warrant was confirmed, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, police then discovered that Goodman was in possession of a black backpack that contained several baggies of methamphetamine and several bundles of heroin that were packaged for sale. Along with the controlled substances, police also located packaging materials, digital scales, various smoking devices, multiple cell phones, and $565.00 in U.S. currency.

When police arrived back at the station and checked further into the warrant from the Department of Corrections, they discovered that Goodman was an escapee from the Erie Community Corrections Center, which is a state drug treatment facility, and had since had his non-residence status revoked.

The complaint states a further search of the residence also yielded another wanted individual, whose name was not released, who was wanted by the constable for unpaid fines.

Goodman was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 4:15 p.m. on October 8, on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
– Flight to Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Felony 3
– Escape, Felony 3
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor (two counts)

He was lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied due to being a flight risk, according to the court documents.

Ames was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 4:15 p.m. on October 8, on the following charge:

– Hinder Apprehension/Prosecution-Harbor Or Conceal, Felony 3

She was lodged in the Venango County Jail on $15,000.00 monetary bail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13, with Judge Fish presiding.

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