Warren man hit with eight felony charges on Thanksgiving Day

A Warren man stands accused of eight felony assault charges after an incident on Thanksgiving morning.

Brandon Lewis Young, 35, of Warren, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 23 and charged with eight counts of aggravated assault, eight counts of recklessly endangering another person, and seven counts of simple assault after a domestic dispute was called in from 4390 Jackson Run Road in Conewango Township around 12:57 a.m.

Residents of the address told 911 operators that Young had threatened them with a rifle, which they took from him, and then with an approximately four to five inch long knife. The victims reported that one additional adult and five children were present as Young threatened them, before he got into a physical confrontation and then fled the scene.

They additionally reported that he was “intoxicated and possibly under the influence of a controlled substance,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Conewango Township Police reported that Young’s truck was found off the roadway where he’d crashed it into a tree over an embankment, but that no one was present at the scene of the crash when they arrived. They found blood in the interior of the truck and a folding knife on the ground next to the passenger door matching the description given by the victims.

While at the scene of the crash, police said, Young arrived in a vehicle with two other passengers, who told police that Young had showed up at their residence, adjacent to the scene of the assault, and told them that he’d gotten his truck stuck in a ditch, asking for help getting it out.

Young told police that someone had stolen his truck and that he was “attempting to recover it.”

After being mirandized, Young told police that he’d been at two Warren bars drinking before his father had dropped him off at the residence.

He went on to tell police that he’d been attacked when he arrived at the residence by one of the people there, and denied brandishing a weapon. Police said that he “had an odor of an alcoholic beverage radiating about his person and from his breath,” and that he was “hyper and extremely talkative in contrast to being under the influence of alcohol.”

Police said that Young was treated for injuries and agreed to have a blood test for the presence of chemicals at the Warren General Hospital emergency room at 3:53 a.m. Thursday.

He was arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and placed in the Warren County Jail. Online court records indicate that he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.