Venango County Teen, Juvenile Accused of Assaulting, Robbing Girl
Court documents indicate the Franklin Police Department filed criminal charges against 18-year-old Giovanna Rosalia Bianchi, of Franklin.
According to a criminal complaint, around 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, Patrolman Barnes, of the Franklin Police Department, was dispatched for a report of an assault of a juvenile female at a residence on Liberty Street it Franklin.
According to the complaint, the victim stated she had invited Giovanna Bianchi over to her house to hang out, and during the course of the evening, Bianchi and the victim entered the victim’s bathroom to dye Bianchi’s hair. At that time an argument ensued and became physical when Bianchi began to push the victim in an effort to keep her in the bathroom.
The victim reported that she was able to get out of the bathroom and then ran to her room, but Bianchi followed her, so she returned to the bathroom and locked herself inside.
According to the complaint, the victim told police that Bianchi tried to kick the door in and was also punching the walls. The victim admitted she was, at that time, in possession of Bianchi’s phone, but stated she had just grabbed it as she fled because it was under her leg.
The complaint notes the victim denied trying to keep the phone from Bianchi.
The victim went on to state that Bianchi used a second cell phone to call a known female juvenile over to the house, and when the other juvenile arrived, she entered without permission, knowing Bianchi did not have the authority to allow her inside the residence.
The victim noted it was not normal for the other female juvenile to come to her house as they “had issues” in the past. The victim also told police that Bianchi and the known female juvenile waited outside the bathroom, demanding that she come out. The victim said she only came out after Bianchi said she was going to steal her lockbox if she didn’t come out and give her her phone.
According to the complaint, the victim told police that she then exited the bathroom and attempted to resolve the matter between herself and Bianchi, but another verbal argument then ensued. She reported the argument developed into another more serious physical altercation after they each threw the other’s cell phone on the ground.
The victim reported that during the second altercation, Bianchi choked the victim, digging her fingers into the victim’s throat, causing her to become lightheaded and forcing her to defend herself.
According to the complaint, the victim said she kicked Bianchi to get Bianchi off of her, and Bianchi then yelled for the other known female juvenile. The victim said the known female juvenile then entered the room and began punching her in the face. She went on to report that during this time, Bianchi took her lockbox, which contained $210.00. Bianchi and the known female juvenile then allegedly fled the scene with the victim chasing them down the driveway, pleading for her property back.
The complaint notes Patrolman Barnes observed fresh injuries to the victim which matched her statements and description of the assault. He also observed other physical evidence, including damage to the property, which supported the victim’s statements.
Officers then attempted to locate Bianchi and the known female juvenile, both individuals were located in the 500 Block of Buffalo Street around 8:40 p.m.
According to the complaint, during initial contact, the known female juvenile surrendered $170.00 to Lieutenant Edwards and admitted it belonged to the victim. The complaint notes another $40.00 of the money was found in the left front pants pocket of Bianchi’s pants. Both individuals were then taken into custody and transported to the Franklin Police Department.
According to the complaint, after being read her Miranda rights, Bianchi gave a similar version of events to what the victim had stated. However, Bianchi allegedly claimed that the victim started the second physical altercation. The complaint notes Bianchi made statements in which she admitted to choking the victim and stealing the lockbox before leaving the residence and also admitted to going to the residence of the known female juvenile, where they broke open the lockbox.
During the interview with Bianchi, Patrolman Barnes noted fresh injuries to the back of Bianchi’s neck consistent with defensive wounds caused by a victim who would have been pinned underneath her, as well as injuries to her hands consistent with punching a victim or a fixed object, according to the complaint.
Bianchi was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland 9:24 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, on the following charges:
– Robbery-Inflict Threaten Imminent Bod Injury, Felony 2
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Misdemeanor 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
Unable to post $5,000.00 monetary bail, she was lodged in the Venango County Jail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, in Venango County Central Court with Judge Kirtland presiding.
No additional information was provided on the known female juvenile also accused of the robbery and assault.
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