Police looking for OC man accused of hurting girlfriend

From staff reports

An Oil City man is wanted in connection with the assault of his girlfriend Saturday at their Plummer Street residence.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said Oil City police received information Sunday from a woman that Darrell Banks Jr., 19, caused bodily harm to his live-in girlfriend.

Darrell Banks Jr.

Darrell Banks Jr.

Police traveled to the residence Banks shared with the woman and contacted a juvenile girl who said Banks had struck her mother in the head and face area and stomped on her head, the complaint said.

The girl said Banks continued to hit the woman once it was believed law enforcement had been contacted. The woman suffered injuries to her face and jaw area, the complaint said.

Police then spoke with the woman via telephone, and she said she had dropped Banks off in the Titusville area and had taken care of the issue, the complaint said.

Officers also spoke with the woman who originally called in the incident. She said she was concerned Banks would return to the Plummer Street residence and said Banks’ girlfriend had bruising on her arms and forehead and an injured jaw, the complaint said.

Police traveled to the home on Monday and made contact with Banks’ girlfriend. She confirmed the incident occurred but said she would deny the incident and would not allow her daughter to testify in court, the complaint said.

Officers observed bruising on the woman’s wrist, elbow and forehead areas, in addition to a swollen jaw, the complaint said.

Banks is facing felony counts of aggravated assault and intimidate witness/victim, in addition to a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call Oil City police at (814) 678-3080.