Franklin man facing assault, escape charges

A Franklin man is facing charges following an altercation Monday night in the parking lot of Sheetz on Liberty Street in Franklin.

Franklin police said in a criminal complaint they were dispatched at about 10 p.m. Monday to Sheetz where Christopher Fuentes, 33, had thrown a punch at another man there, according to witnesses who also said Fuentes appeared to be intoxicated.

When police were about to detain Fuentes, who had been warned by police that if he was on Sheetz property he would be charged with trespassing, he ran away down an alley, the complaint said.

Later in the evening, at about midnight, Franklin police were called to the parking lot of the Clarion County Credit Union on Elk Street where Fuentes had engaged in an altercation with the same man he had been aggressive toward at Sheetz, the complaint said.

Fuentes had pushed a woman in the 1200 block of Elk Street and then the man fought with Fuentes and was shoved to the ground, where he was struck his head on a curb causing a laceration, the complaint said.

Fuentes was clearly intoxicated when he was arrested, the complaint said.

Fuentes was charged with misdemeanor counts of escape and simple assault as well as summary counts of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and harassment.

He was arraigned Tuesday and placed in the Venango County jail after being unable to post bail, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 24 in Central Court.


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