CLARION BOROUGH, Pennsylvania (EYT) – A local man is behind bars for allegedly assaulting a woman during a domestic dispute in Clarion Borough.
According to court documents, the Clarion Borough Police Department has filed criminal charges against a 31-year-old man Jerid Michael Cochranof Oil City, in the office of Magistrate District Judge Duane L. Quinn on Nov. 1.
The charges stem from a domestic dispute that arose in a Liberty Street apartment at around 11:46 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 2022.
According to a criminal complaint, police officers from Clarion Borough were dispatched to the scene and they made contact with a known woman who informed her that she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, Jerid Cochran.
The victim invited the officers to his apartment and reported that Cochran left on foot. A fresh laceration that was still bleeding was observed on the victim’s chin, the complaint states.
Once inside the apartment, the known woman led the officers to the kitchen and she indicated that she and Cochran were arguing over Cochran’s “attitude”. She told Cochran he was “a piece of (expletive) and to get the (expletive) out of his apartment”. The victim said Cochran got mad and told her he would “beat her (expletive) a**,” according to the complaint.
The victim told officers that she then yelled in Cochran’s face to get out of his apartment. He then put his hand to her face and pushed her back causing her to lose her footing and fall into the corner knocking over the coffee pot and a photo. The known woman believes the laceration on her chin may have been from Cochran’s fingernail when he pushed her, the complaint states.
Officers then made contact with Cochran who was walking west on River Hill. Cochran denied any physical contact inside the apartment. When one of the officers told Cochran he had observed signs of a struggle in the apartment, Cochran said that (the known woman) grabbed his phone, but he had no idea how the coffee maker and picture frame had been knocked over, according to the complaint.
Cochran also said he initially told officers there was no physical altercation because he didn’t want to cause trouble (for the known woman), the complaint notes.
He was indicted on Tuesday, November 1 at 11 a.m. on the following charges:
– Simple Assault, Offense 2
– Harassment – Subject to physical contact, summary
– Disorderly conduct engaging in fights, summary
Unable to post $5,000.00 monetary bail, he was incarcerated in the Clarion County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. with Justice Quinn presiding.
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