OC man accused of intimidating woman

From staff reports

An Oil City man is facing charges for intimidating a woman who spoke to police in connection with another criminal matter.

Oil City police said in a criminal complaint they were contacted Wednesday by a woman who said Robbie Beers, 57, was walking around in the alley close to her residence in Oil City with his phone up to his face like he was recording her house.

The woman said she knew Beers is close friends with Troy Neely, 46, of Franklin, and that she believes Beers is trying to harass her, the complaint said.

Neely was recently charged with 271 felony and misdemeanor counts related to allegations that he sexually abused a young girl at a residence in Oil City over the course of more than five years between January 2017 and March 2022, and gave alcohol to two other minors at the residence in 2020, according to a criminal complaint filed by Franklin state police.

The woman who believed Beers was harassing her gave information to police about Neely, state police said in a criminal complaint.

On Wednesday, Oil City police spoke with Beers at his residence on West Fourth Street and he told them he was walking around in the alley because he believes the woman is a liar and “that Troy Neely is his best friend,” the complaint said.

Beers acknowledged to police “that he was in fact walking up and down the alley on his phone,” the complaint said. The complaint notes that Beers told police “he can do what he wants” because he is in a “public place.”

Beers has been charged with a felony count of intimidate witness/victim — withhold testimony and a summary count of harassment.

He was arraigned Wednesday, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.


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