Police: Oil City man assaults cops during marijuana bust

Submitted Fri, 09/07/2012 - 9:42am by Andy Alm

A marijuana bust at an Oil City home turns violent when a resident becomes belligerent with arresting officers.  City Police say the incident happened last Friday when police, together with agents from the PA Probation and Parole Board, attempted to serve a warrant at a home at 210 Seely Street.

Upon arrival, officers say they tried to make contact with the residents by knocking and announcing their presence.  As officers moved about the exterior house, police say they discovered what appeared to be a marijuana plant in a second story window.

Police contacted the local District Justice in order to obtain a search warrant for the home, but those efforts were cut short when one of the residents -- 27-year-old Brent Gilchrist -- was allegedly seen destroying the marijuana plant.

Police say they then entered the house and found 34-year-old Kathryn Schill, but they say Gilchrist went into hiding.  Chief Robert Wenner says police followed a "trail of destroyed marijuana plants" and found Gilchrist hiding inside an attic crawl space.  Police say there were several pieces of the marijuana plant in the immediate area.

As Gilchrist was being taken into custody in the attic, Wenner says Gilchrist began to struggle with officers, and was "physically subdued."

Gilchrist's alleged belligerence culminated with an assault of two officers on the front porch.  Gilchrist allegedly attempted to knock one officer off the porch, "head-butting portions of the officer's upper body, and kicking their shin," Wenner says.

Police say Gilchrist then turned toward another officer an an attempt to continue the assault.

"His efforts were immediately thwarted as he was subdued with no further incident," Wenner says.

Both officers received minor injuries that required no medical treatment.

Chief Wenner says officials then secured that search warrant and collected evidence related to the manufacture and consumption of marijuana.

Both Gilchrist and Schill were arrested on scene and arraigned before Judge Douglas Dinberg on charges of Criminal Conspiracy, Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Gilchrist had additional charges of Aggravated and Simple Assault for the attack on law enforcement, Resisting Arrest, Destruction of Evidence, and Corruption of Minors.  Both Gilchrist and Schill were committed to the Venango County Jail in lieu of $25,000 straight bail, and preeminent probation and parole detainers.

Venango County Children and Youth Services were summoned to the scene to care for a 17-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, who police tell us are children of Schill.