Oil City Man in Jail for Threatening to Kill Woman, Setting Fire to Shrub Next to Her House

| October 13, 2021

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man is behind bars following an incident on Monday night after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman and then set fire to a shrub next to her house in Sugarcreek Borough.

Court documents indicate 47-year-old Thomas H. Scott was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, on the following charges:

– Arson Endangering Property-Reckless Endangerment of Inhabited Buildings, Felony 2
– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Course of Conduct With No Legitimate Purpose, Summary

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

The charges stem from an incident that took place this week in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County.

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:12 p.m. on October 11, Franklin-based State Police were dispatched to a residence on Wilson Street in Sugarcreek Borough for a possible domestic altercation and arson.

At the scene, police reportedly observed that a large shrub next to the residence had been burned. They also found a zippo lighter and charred garbage under the shrub, the complaint indicates.

Police then made contact with a known victim who reported that Thomas Scott had contacted her and asked if he could stay with her since he had been evicted from his home.

According to the complaint, the victim said that when they arrived home, she noticed her landlord’s garbage out front, so she brought it back to her garbage so the garbage men would grab hers, as well, and she and Scott then went inside the house.

The victim told police that Scott then got mad and started yelling at her. She indicated while he was yelling, he grabbed her wax melter and dumped it on the counter and the floor.

The victim reported she told Scott to get out and he responded by saying he was going to “kill her.” She told police Scott then went outside to wait for a ride and was out in front of her house for a while, at which point she believed he had left the property, according to the complaint.

The victim said the next thing she knew there was someone pounding on her window, and she discovered it was the fire department telling her to get out of the house because there was a fire, the complaint indicates.

The victim went outside to see what was on fire and while looking at the shrub, noticed that the garbage from her landlord was missing.

The complaint indicates Scott was located at the Sheetz store in Franklin, and when he was patted down, several additional Zippo lighters were found on his person.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, with Judge Kirtland presiding.


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