Oil City Man Charged With Threatening to ‘Stab Face Off’ Juvenile Victim With Ice Pick Due in Court Wednesday

| August 2, 2021

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man who allegedly threatened a juvenile victim with an ice pick is scheduled to stand for a hearing in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate 32-year-old Nicholas Allen Shaffer is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 8:30 a.m. on August 4.

He faces the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Make Repairs/Sell/Etc Offensive Weapon, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3

He was lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied. The bail action reason is listed as “defendant has a history of failing to appear and advised the Court that he would not appear.”

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:00 p.m. on July 22, Oil City Police received a call reporting that Nicholas Allen Shaffer was at the intersection of Plummer Street and Pearl Avenue “causing problems.”

Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate Shaffer. However, while attempting to locate Shaffer, police received a second call about him reportedly at the North Side Country Fair. It was relayed to the officers that Shaffer had allegedly threatened an individual with a knife.

Police responded to the scene and took Shaffer into custody.

The complaint states that during a search incident to arrest, police found an ice pick with a wooden handle in Shaffer’s right pants pocket.

Police then spoke to a juvenile victim and her mother as well as another witness at the scene.

According to the complaint, the victim and her mother reported they were walking to Country Fair to get food when Shaffer rode his bicycle up behind them and began to call them names. The juvenile and Shaffer then got into a verbal altercation during which Shaffer reportedly made a comment that “everyone needs to die.”

The complaint states the juvenile’s mother told police she saw an item in Shaffer’s hand but was unsure what it was. She said Shaffer then told the victim that he was going to “stab her face off.”

The juvenile victim told police that she truly thought she was going to be stabbed, the complaint notes.

After the altercation, Shaffer reportedly rode his bike down to Country Fair while the victim called police.

Shaffer was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 1:53 p.m. on July 23.


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