Police: Oil City Man Wanted on Arrest Warrants Holds Woman at Gunpoint in Her Home

| November 29, 2022

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man wanted on arrest warrants reportedly held a woman at gunpoint inside her home, telling her to be quiet while officers attempted to complete a welfare check outside the residence.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 19-year-old Tyler George Burns in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office on November 15, 2022:

  • Kidnapping to Inflict Injury/Terror, Felony 1 (two counts)
  • Aggravated Assault – Attempting to cause serious bodily injury or causing injury with extreme indifference, Felony 1
  • Unlawful Restraint/Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1
  • Terroristic Threats with the Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1

Burns is currently lodged in Venango County Prison with bail denied. The bail action reason is listed as “Failure to Obey Conditions.”

According to a criminal complaint released on Monday, November 28, the Oil City Police Department was contacted by Pennsylvania State Police at the Franklin Barracks around 9:49 a.m. on July 14, 2022, to complete a welfare check on a known female victim at a residence on Hone Avenue, Oil City, Venango County.

When the Oil City Police Department contacted PSP Franklin for more information about their request, state police advised the officers that they had a report of a male being robbed at the known female victim’s residence, and they had uncovered a photo of the female tied-up. They identified the victim as a resident of the home on Hone Avenue.

At 10:11 the same morning (July 14), officers arrived at the residence and were unable to make contact with the female victim. Her parole agent was then contacted and asked for assistance in making contact with her. The agent was able to make contact and told officers the female victim said that she was at work and everything was fine, the complaint states.

During a later interview with the victim, she informed an officer that when Oil City Police officers arrived at her Hone Avenue residence for the welfare check on July 14, Tyler Burns was inside the house. Wanted on other charges, he refused to let her answer the door. He held her on the floor with a gun to her head. Burns then made her put her scrubs (work clothes) on and send a photo to her parole agent. The victim reported that Burns told her if she did not do so, he would “take everyone out” and use her as a hostage/shield, according to the complaint.

During the interview, the victim provided additional details about the initial incident that was contained in the photograph. Burns and two other known men tied “her up using wires and held a firearm to her head and threatened her,” causing substantial fear of death “and or serious bodily injury while taking the photograph,” said the complaint.

Burns currently has two other cases pending against him, totaling 24 other charges:

  • Possession of a Firearm Prohibited, Felony 2
  • Flight to Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Felony 3
  • Intentionally Possessing a Controlled Substance by Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • Robbery – Threat of Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
  • Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
  • Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Assault, Felony 2 (four counts)
  • Possession of a Firearm Prohibited, Felony 2
  • False Imprisonment, Felony 2 (three counts)
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking of Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
  • Terroristic Threats with the Intent to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (four counts)
  • False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor 2
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2


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Gavin Fish is a reporter for EYT Media Group and YouTuber based in Venango County. In addition to his YouTube Channel, he has contributed to investigations and reports for ABC News, Investigation Discovery, and Fox Nation, and has collaborated on projects developed for Netflix, Oxygen, Discovery Channel, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
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