Oil City Man Held for Court on Attempted Homicide Charges

| September 1, 2016

ruben-mugOIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A Venango County man facing attempted criminal homicide and related charges in connection with a stabbing was held for court Wednesday before District Judge Matthew Kirtland.

According to court documents, Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 36-year-old Ruben Richard Craig, III, of Oil City.

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:21 p.m. on May 30, 2016, Oil City Police Officers responded to the area of the 300 East Third Street for a report of a fight with possible weapons involved.

“Through investigation and multiple interviews, it was discovered that Ruben Craig intentionally attempted to cause the death of another human being by using a black in color K Bar Sheath knife with a brown in color handle and stabbed the victim a minimum of two times,” the complaint states.

The complaint indicates that Craig also “placed the victim and other persons in danger of death or serious bodily injury.”

According to the complaint, police conducted interviews which included “an admission by Craig that he used the subject knife to cause injuries to the victim.”

“The victim suffered injuries to the upper right side and or chest area as well as the upper inner thigh or groin area,” the complaint continues.

The Oil City Fire Department and Community Ambulance Service assisted the Oil City Police Department at to the scene.

The male victim was transported to UPMC Northwest in Seneca and then transferred to a Pittsburgh medical facility for additional life-saving treatment.

On Wednesday, Judge Kirtland ordered Craig to stand trial on two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count each of Attempted Criminal Homicide and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Craig remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $250,000.00 straight bail.

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