Police accuse OC man of assault

An Oil City man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with an incident Saturday evening in the 700 block of Colbert Avenue.

A criminal complaint filed through District Judge Andrew Fish’s office said officers with the Oil City police department were sent to a home on Colbert Avenue at about 5:40 p.m. Saturday for reports of an assault.

After arriving on the scene, officers spoke with a woman who told them she had been arguing with her boyfriend and that they had fallen to the ground before she yelled for her son, 37-year-old Adam Proper, the complaint said.

The woman told police Proper pulled her boyfriend away and started hitting him, the complaint said.

Proper was asked by police to talk about what happened, but he started yelling and becoming belligerent toward the officers, the complaint said.

He told police he did what he needed to do and had marks on his right hand from hitting the man, the complaint said.

Patrolman Steven Rembold told Proper to calm down multiple times, but Proper refused and said he did not have to listen to the police because he was at his own house, the complaint said.

Later, when Rembold advised Proper that he would be placed in handcuffs for his own safety and the safety of others, Proper continued to yell profanities toward the police, the complaint said.

He was subsequently taken into custody.

The victim of the assault suffered an interocular hemorrhage and multiple facial fractures, the complaint said.

Proper was arraigned Saturday by Fish on charges including one first-degree felony count of aggravated assault, as well as one count each of harassment, disorderly conduct/obscene language and public drunkenness.

He was placed in the Venango County jail after failing to post $15,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.