Woman Charged With Violent Attack on Young Teens at Local Skating Rink Due Back in Court on Wednesday

| March 1, 2021

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for a Titusville woman who is accused of violently attacking several young teens at a local skating rink.

Court documents indicate 18-year-old Caitlyn Marie Gibson is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in Venango County Central Court at 1:30 p.m. on March 3.

She faces the following charges:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause Serious Bodily Injury or causes injury with extreme indifference
– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause or causes Bodily Injury with deadly weapon, Felony 2
– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3
– Stalking – Repeatedly Commit Acts To Cause Fear, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (four counts)
– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Misdemeanor 2
– Def Tres Actual Communication To, Misdemeanor 3
– Criminal Mischief-Tamper With Property, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3
– Disorderly Conduct Engage In Fighting, Misdemeanor 3

She is currently free on $10,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Cranberry Township in early November.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on November 6, 2020, Franklin-based State Police investigated a report of an assault at Skate Capital located on Salina Road in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

The incident began when Caitlyn Gibson approached a known 14-year-old female victim and a known 13-year-old male victim who were “sitting together as a couple,” after becoming “upset due to the couple’s public display of affection.” She allegedly told the young teens “the skating rink wasn’t a strip club,” and then spat on them before walking away, according to the complaint.

Gibson allegedly approached the teens again later near the bathrooms and told them to “stop,” then spit on the male victim again. The male victim then spat back at Gibson, and she allegedly grabbed him by the throat and choked him. The male victim was able to push Gibson away, and she then left, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that Gibson then followed the female victim into the bathroom later in the day, then spat on her again. The victim responded by slapping Gibson, and Gibson then allegedly “beat” the victim “to the ground.” Gibson allegedly repeatedly struck the female victim numerous times while the victim was on the ground, then kicked her in the head numerous times, as well.

Later, a second 14-year-old female victim allegedly observed Gibson opening a locker and removing a bag of skates from the locker and slamming it shut, which damaged the locker. The victim told Gibson to “calm down,” and Gibson allegedly swung the bag of skates over her head and struck the victim in the head and face with the skates and told her, “shut up (expletive), or you’re next,” and walked away, the complaint indicates.

The victim was dazed and suffered blurred vision following the incident. She was later provided treatment at UPMC Northwest and was diagnosed with a concussion, the complaint notes.

The owner of Skate Capital was then made aware of the fight that had occurred, and Gibson was identified as the main aggressor. He then instructed Gibson to leave the business, according to the complaint.

Gibson allegedly refused to leave the rink without her skates. The owner told her a responsible party could come get the skates, but she had to leave for the safety of other patrons. However, Gibson still allegedly refused to leave.

The owner was finally able to get Gibson to leave by placing her skates outside, completely off of his property. Gibson then allegedly went back to the building and damaged a door of the building with one of her skates, and forced her way through three to five employees to enter the building again, the complaint states.

The charges were filed against Gibson through Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office on January 7.

Gibson was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey on January 14.


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