Oil City Man Previously Charged in Polk Home Invasion Due in Court on Wednesday on Kidnapping Charges

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published June 27, 2023 4:33 am
Last Updated: March 29, 2024 1:13 am
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VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing for an Oil City man previously charged in the Polk Home invasion case is due in court on Wednesday morning on kidnapping charges.

According to court documents, a preliminary hearing for 33-year-old David Samual Adams, of Oil City, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m., Venango County Central Court Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey on the following charges:

– Kidnap To Inflict Injury/Terror, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause SBI or causes injury with extreme indifference, Felony 1
– Unlawful Restraint/ Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Terroristic Threats W/ Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)

Adams is currently lodged in the Venango County Prison.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint filed on February 15, 2023, the Oil City Police Department was contacted by PSP Franklin on July 14, 2022, around 9:49 a.m., to complete a welfare check on a known female victim at a residence on Hone Avenue. PSP Franklin advised that they had a report of a male being robbed at the known female victim’s residence, and they had uncovered o photo of the female tied and identified the victim to be the resident of the house on Hone Avenue in the City of Oil City.

Around 10:11 a.m. on July 14 an Oil City Police Officer arrived at the residence and was assisted by two other officers. The officers were unable to make contact with the female victim at the residence, and the victim’s parole agent was contacted and asked for assistance in making contact with the victim.

The following information was provided by the victim during an interview with Oil City Police:

According to the complaint, David Samual Adams, of Oil City, and two other known males “tied her up using wires and held a firearm to her head and threatened her, causing substantial fear of death and/or serious bodily injury.

The victim also informed officers that after the photograph was taken, Adams frequently entered the victim’s residence without her knowledge or permission. The victim went on to say that Adams also followed her children around when they would leave the house and walk in public. The victim stated that she and another female were held in a room for several hours by Adams while he made threats to them and physically struck them, the complaint states.

The second female victim was also interviewed and stated that Adams did, in fact, close them in a room and subjected them to what she referred to as a “mental hell” while at the first victim’s residence until the second female victim’s mother came to their aid, according to the complaint.

Details of the Polk Home Invasion

State Police in Franklin have charged two additional men stemming from a home invasion that occurred in Polk last July.

According to court documents, PSP Franklin filed criminal charges on May 30, 2023, against 33-year-old David Samuel Adams, of Oil City, and 21-year-old Chase Tyler Shehan, of Dover, York County, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office.

Adams was arraigned on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, on the following charges:

– Conspiracy – Robbery-Threat Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Kidnap To Facilitate A Felony, Felony 1
– Conspiracy – Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Conspiracy – Unlawful Restraint/ Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1

He was lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied. The Bail Action Reason is listed as: Flight Risk.

The charges were transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, June 21, in Venango County Central Court with Judge Lowrey presiding.

Court documents indicate that Chase Shehan is awaiting a preliminary hearing on the following charges:

– Robbery-Threat Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Kidnap To Facilitate A Felony, Felony 1
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 2
– Unlawful Restraint/ Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1
– Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause SBI or causes injury with extreme indifference, Felony 1
– Terroristic Threats W/ Intent To Terrorize Another, Felony 3
– Possession Instrument Of Crime W/Intent, Misdemeanor 1

The above charges against Adams and Shehan stem from an alleged home invasion that occurred at a residence on Mercer Road, in Frenchcreek Township, Venango County, on Sunday, July 10, 2022, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Details of the incident:

According to a criminal complaint filed on May 30, 2023, Adams instructed and coordinated a plan for his co-defendants to enter the victims’ home and steal U.S. currency, among other items of value, while knowing his co-defendants were armed with firearms.

The complaint states that Adams co-defendants are listed as 21-year-old Chase Tyler Shehan, of Dover, York County; 20-year-old Tyler George Burns, of Dillsburg, York County; and 27-year-old Mario Ramon Ambris Jr., of New Oxford, Adams County.

The complaint also states that Adams instructed and coordinated a plan for his co-defendants to enter the victims’ home, tie the victims up with a necktie and cable cord, and place them in a bathroom while committing the crime.

It was learned through the course of the investigation that a .22 caliber Western-style revolver firearm belonging to the victims was stolen, the complaint notes.

Additional details noted involving co-defendants Tyler Burns and Mario Ambris filed on December 30 2022:

According to court documents, Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against Burns and Ambris on December 20, 2022.

According to a criminal complaint filed on December 30, 2022, a known male victim stated that he noticed a man completely dressed in black with a black hooded sweatshirt pulled up and cinched tightly and wearing a black ski mask and black gloves. The male victim stated that he went outside of his house to confront the actor (later identified as Tyler Burns) and asked him what he was doing on his property, and the actor stated “we are looking for Anthony.” At this time, the victim stated he saw a second actor (later identified as Mario Ambris) dressed completely in black, wearing a black COVID mask. The victim told the actors that he didn’t know any Anthony and asked them to leave his property.

According to the complaint, the male victim turned to enter his house and the first actor (Burns) jumped in front of him. At this point, the male victim’s wife was fighting with the second actor (Ambris).

The complaint states that Burns pulled out a gun. The male victim reported that Burns pointed a black snub nose hammerless revolver at the victims and stated: “You better get her to stop or you’re going to get shot.” Then, Ambris stated to the victims: “If you don’t do what you’re told, you are going to die. I don’t want to hurt anybody, but I have hurt people.”

The male victim stated that both actors were telling the female victim to be quiet. The actors added, “If anybody shows up here, you’re dead,” the complaint states.

The male victim reported that he told the actors, “You can kill us and we know where we’re going, and you know where you’re going,” the complaint added.

The male victim told the trooper that most of this conversation occurred before they even entered back into their home.

According to the complaint, Burns and Ambris forced the victims into their home at gunpoint and attempted to tie them up with zip ties. When the zip ties failed, they tied the victims up with their own property. They tied up the male victim’s hands behind his back with his necktie and tied the female victim’s hands behind her back with cable cord.

Later, the victims were placed in their bathroom while Burns and Ambris robbed them.

It was learned during the interview with the victims that Burns and Ambris stole a Phantom 3 drone, iPad mini, approximately $583.00 in cash and coins, collectible coins such as 1976 John F. Kennedy coins, miscellaneous jewelry, and a .22 caliber Western-style revolver all valued at approximately $1583.00, according to the complaint.

During the course of this investigation, it was learned that Oil City Police Department (OCPD) had additional robberies they were investigating within their jurisdiction. One of these robberies occurred on October 10, 2022, to October 11, 2022. In this investigation, officers from OCPD were able to obtain information that Tyler Burns was the suspect in the robbery they were investigating. Their investigation revealed that Tyler Burns was staying with a known woman at her residence on Hone Avenue in Oil City. OCPD Officers then conducted a search warrant at this address where they located Burns. Burns was also wanted on a parole absconder warrant. During this search, Burns was taken into custody as well as items Burns had in his possession. These items were seized and taken to the Oil City Police Department Headquarters as evidence. During the search of this house, John F. Kennedy coins were observed in plain view in a room that Tyler Burns was living in, according to the complaint.

On October 12, 2022, an additional search warrant was served on the residence on Hone Avenue in Oil City. Items seized in this search were a black Ruger LCR .38 Special-hammerless revolver and coins, a white zip tie, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, and other items in a black backpack belonging to Tyler Burns, the complaint states.

A known male was interviewed on October 12, 2022, regarding this case. The known male reported that Burns and Ambris had been communicating in mid-July. He noted that Mario Ambris had been driving a silver Toyota Venza with a white sticker on the back window. Video surveillance obtained by PSP Franklin obtained from an area garage showed the same vehicle in the vicinity when the incident occurred, according to the complaint.

Through an extensive investigation and interviews with individuals connected to Burns and Ambris, arrest warrants were issued for both men on December 19, 2022.

The following charges were filed on December 20, 2022, against both men:

– Robbery-Threat Immediate Serious Injury, Felony 1
– Kidnap To Facilitate A Felony, Felony 1
– Burglary – Overnight Accommodations; Person Present, Bodily Injury Crime, Felony 1
– Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause SBI or causes injury with extreme indifference, Felony 1
– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Felony 3
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 2
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Unlawful Restraint/ Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1
– Possession Instrument Of Crime W/Intent, Misdemeanor 1

The cases against Burns and Ambris were transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas and working their way through the court system.

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