Cases Against Woman Accused of Child Endangerment, Assault, Escape Move Forward in Court

| December 14, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – Multiple cases against a local woman accused of driving under the influence with a juvenile in the vehicle, punching and kicking a man, and escaping police custody moved forward in court this week.

Court documents indicate 41-year-old Kimberly Lynn Armagost, of Franklin, stood for preliminary hearings on Wednesday, December 11, related to three separate cases.

The following charges against Armagost, from an incident on October 22, were waived for court:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3
– Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1
– False Identification To Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor 3
– DUI: Controlled Substance or Metabolite 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Drive While Operator Privilege Suspended Or Revoked, Summary
– Driving Without A License, Summary
– Vehicle Registration Suspended, Summary
– Fail To Carry License, Summary

The following charges against Armagost, from an incident on December 3, were held for court:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

One third-degree felony count of escape filed against Armagost, from an incident on December 4, was also waived for court.

The charges have all been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Armagost remains lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied. The court documents list the reason for denial as “charged with escape; other pending criminal charges.”

The charges stem from three separate incidents in which Armagost was allegedly involved.

Child Endangerment on October 22

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:41 p.m. on October 22, Ptlm. Floor of the Franklin Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a Mercury sedan with a suspended registration in the 100 block of 13th Street.

While speaking with the driver of the sedan, identified as Kimberly Armagost, Ptlm. Floor noted outward signs of impairment including glassy, bloodshot eyes, restlessness, exaggerated reflexes, and confusion. He asked Armagost if she had taken any legal or illegal drugs, to which Armagost allegedly answered she had not.

Armagost agreed to Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) at the time of the traffic stop. According to the complaint, she performed poorly on the SFST and was subsequently arrested for DUI and transported to UPMC Northwest for blood testing.

The complaint notes Armagost was driving on a suspended license and had a 13-year-old juvenile in the vehicle with her. She also allegedly identified herself with another known woman’s name, and continued to use the other woman’s name the entire time she was in police custody.

Armagost was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 5:10 a.m. on December 3.

Simple Assault on December 3

According to a criminal complaint, on Tuesday, December 3, officers of the Franklin Police Department were dispatched to a residence on New Street for a report of a physical domestic altercation.

Upon their arrival, officers spoke with a known victim who reported he was sleeping in his bed when Kimberly Armagost began punching him in the face. The victim also told police that at one point, Armagost also kicked him.

The complaint notes officers observed recent physical injuries to the victim’s face, including bruising under his left eye, a swollen and bloody nose, and a swollen and bloody lip.

According to the complaint, the victim admitted to pushing Armagost of him him and biting her finger as she punched him, in an attempt to defend himself.

Police also spoke to a witness at the scene, who also said the victim was asleep upstairs when Armagost went upstairs. The complaint notes the victim stated he “knew that something bad was going to happen.” The victim went on to say that when he went upstairs, he saw the two fighting, and saw the victim bite Armagost’s finger. However, the victim also allegedly stated that Armagost was the primary aggression in the fight, according to the complaint.

The officers also spoke to Armagost, who allegedly stated that “nothing had happened.”

The officers observed that Armagost had slight redness on her neck and right hand. According to the complaint, she later alleged that the victim had pushed and struck her, but police say there was no evidence to support the allegations.

Armagost was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 5:40 a.m. on December 3.

Escape on December 4

According to a criminal complaint, following an arrest and arraignment on assault charges as a result of a physical domestic altercation on December 3, Kimberly Armagost was remanded to the Venagno County Jail, where she began to complaint of chest pain, and was then transported by Community Ambulance Service to UPMC Northwest for evaluation.

After testing at UPMC, Armagost was admitted into the intensive care unit, where she was being held for observation, monitoring, and evaluation. UPMC staff members were made aware of the commitment orders issued by Judge Lowrey and were to contact the Franklin Police Department and the Pennsylvania State police if she attempted to leave the hospital.

Armagost then allegedly walked out of UPMC Northwest, leaving the hospital grounds around 7:57 p.m. UPMC staff notified both police agencies, but the responding State Police troopers were unable to locate Armagost upon their arrival.

According to the complaint, Armagost unlawfully removed herself from detention by leaving the grounds of the hospital knowing that she had been remanded to the Venango County Jail.

She was taken back into custody the following day and was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 10:48 p.m on December 5.

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