Man accused of aggravated assault

From staff reports

An Oil City man is facing aggravated assault charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot another man at an East Third Street residence around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said Oil City police were sent to the home for a report of a verbal dispute in which one of the men had a gun.

Police arrived and observed 21-year-old Jacob Bish leaving the home. Bish was told to place his hands in the air, and police took a revolver from him, the complaint said.

Bish told police he had been involved in a verbal and physical dispute with another man. He had tried to de-escalate a verbal argument between the man and a woman, the complaint said.

The altercation between the man and woman continued and turned physical, at which point Bish removed his firearm and pointed it at the other man, the complaint said. Bish told the man to let go of the woman, or he would shoot, according to the complaint.

The man then let go of the woman out of fear he would be shot, the complaint said.

Bish is facing a felony count of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, in addition to a summary count of harassment.

He was arraigned before Fish and placed in the Venango County jail on $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.