Warren man charged after alleged assault

Thomas Lee Keeney, 35, of Warren, faces charges of aggravated assault following an incident that took place in the city on Saturday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, City of Warren Police were dispatched to the area of Madison Avenue and Russell Street for a disturbance. Upon arriving at 20 Russell Street, police said a victim was found lying unconscious on the front porch of the residence and a witness told them that the victim had been “hanging out” with Keeney when he “made a remark that upset” Keeney.

A verbal argument started, and the witness told police that Keeney said that “he will kill” the victim.

The witness told police that the victim and Keeney got into a physical fight at that point, and Keeney shoved the victim out of his chair, causing his face to hit a nearby cabinet, leaving a laceration. When the victim got up, the witness told police, Keeney “struck him with a closed fist multiple times.”

The witness said that she tried to break the two up, but that she was also struck by Keeney, who then hit the victim “with a blow that resulted in the victim falling to the ground in an unconscious state.” Keeney then continued to hit the victim with a closed fist and “stomped on the victim’s head,” causing lacerations and bruises, the affidavit states.

The victim was transported to Warren General Hospital to be treated for injuries and police went to make contact with Keeney at his residence at 117 Central Avenue, “but he had barricaded himself inside of the residence and mentioned that there were weapons inside,” according to the affidavit.

Police allegedly used a taser to arrest Keeney, at which point he was mirandized and agreed to speak with police. Keeney allegedly told police that he struck the victim numerous times with a closed fist, causing injury to the victim’s head and face.

Keeney was arraigned before District Justice Glen Carlson on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and is being held in the Warren County Jail on $40,000 bail.

Online court records indicate that Keeney is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. He is charged with aggravated assault, a first-degree felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, and a summary harassment charge.