Franklin woman who escaped after leaving hospital found at residence

A Franklin woman facing felony charges who escaped Wednesday from UPMC Northwest was captured and arrested Thursday.

Kimberly Armagost

Franklin police went to a residence on New Street Thursday afternoon to look for Kimberly Armagost, 42, after neighbors called and said they had seen her at the house most of the day, police said.

Police were unable to locate Armagost, and officers obtained a warrant to search the house after neighbors said she had seen the police headlights and went back into the house, police said.

In the residence, police were unable to locate Armagost, but they found her 13-year-old son and made contact with a male relative who then came to the house, police said.

The male relative told police that Armagost most likely was at 158 Peach St., police said.

The relative said that Armagost “believes she is safe if she is outside the city,” police said.

Police arrested Armagost without incident at the residence on Peach Street at about 7 p.m. Thursday and transported her to the Venango County jail, where bail was denied.

Armagost had previously been arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from a DUI and child endangerment case in October and a domestic incident early Tuesday morning.

Police said Armagost claimed to be having a heart attack following her arraignment Tuesday before district judge Patrick Lowrey on both sets of charges.

She was taken to UPMC Northwest where she was checked out and cleared, police said.

Armagost then demanded a CAT scan and was admitted to the hospital due to other medical issues, police said.

Franklin police said they left her in the care of the hospital, which was out of their jurisdiction.

On Wednesday, Armagost left the hospital at some point and escaped, police said.

She was charged with a felony count of escape in addition to the charges in the other two cases.

She is facing a misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary count of harassment stemming from the domestic incident Tuesday morning in Franklin.

During that incident at a New Street residence, police said she attacked a man who was sleeping, repeatedly punching him in the face and kicking him, resulting in bruising under his left eye, a swollen and bloody nose and a swollen and bloody lip.

The man admitted to pushing Armagost and biting her finger in self defense, police said.

She was charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children, misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, false identification to law enforcement officer and DUI, and summary traffic violations for the October incident.

Police said Armagost was found to be driving under the influence with her 13-year-old son in the vehicle, police said.