OC man accused of threatening to burn down home

From staff reports

An Oil City man is facing charges that accuse him of threatening to burn down a house.

Oil City police said in a criminal complaint they were dispatched Sept. 23 to 517 West Third St. When they arrived, they observed Austin Womer, 28, yelling and screaming at his father, the complaint said.

Womer was in possession of a gas can and lighter, and when officers tried to calm him down, he tried to retreat into the back door of the residence, the complaint said.

One officer stopped Womer from going into the home by grabbing him, and then Womer used his hands to grab and scratch the officer’s face, the complaint said.

Womer then shoved the officer away from him, and the officer had to force Womer to the ground due to the activity, according to the complaint.

After Womer was placed into custody, an officer spoke with Womer’s father, who said his son had been visibly upset and confrontational a couple of hours earlier when he (the older Womer) had arrived home.

Womer had screamed and yelled at his father about his vehicle not running, and his father said he was going to call police, the complaint said.

Womer’s father said his son went to the garage and grabbed a gas can and lighter and said he was “going to burn the house down,” the complaint said.

Womer was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

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


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