Man accused of taking child from apartment

A Franklin man is facing charges after being accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment in Franklin and taking their child.

On Tuesday at about 3 p.m., Franklin police were called to an apartment on Liberty Street, where Steven Malone, 53, had assaulted a woman in the apartment earlier in the afternoon at about 1 p.m. and taken their 17-month-old child and left in a work truck with no car seat for the child, police said in a criminal complaint.

The woman told police Malone had entered her residence unannounced and began yelling at her, noting it was not unusual for him to enter her apartment without permission and that he would routinely kick her door in without consequences to gain access to the apartment, the complaint said.

The woman said Malone had left during a verbal argument and then came back a short time later and again started an argument with her, according to the complaint.

During the argument, the woman said, Malone physically assaulted her, pulled her hair from behind, threw her to the floor causing injury and threatened to kill her, and said he would throw her out the window, the complaint said.

After the assault while still yelling at the woman, Malone began to pack items to remove his son from the residence, and so the woman said she told him that she was calling the police, the complaint said.

Malone slapped the woman’s phone out of her hand, took the phone and the baby and then left, the complaint said. Without her phone, the woman was delayed by about two hours in contacting 911, the complaint noted.

Malone has been charged with a felony count of robbery and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.

He was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Andrew Fish and placed in Venango County jail after being unable to post bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday before District Judge Matthew Kirtland.