Cranberry Twp. man charged with stabbing girlfriend

September 10, 2021 Cranberry Local News

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A Cranberry Township man has been charged with stabbing his girlfriend last week.

Township police on Sept. 1 arrested and charged Benjamin J. Owens, 31, with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and simple assault.

Owens was arraigned the morning of his arrest by District Judge David Kovach, who placed him in Butler County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond.

According to charging documents, police were dispatched around 10:20 a.m. to the 300 block of Woodmont Drive for a man who sprayed himself with pepper spray. At the same time, police said, officers from the Zelienople Police Department were responding to a report of a woman being stabbed.

Police said during their investigation, they were able to align both calls to the same situation.

Police said Owens and his girlfriend began arguing at their shared home on Woodmont Drive. Police said the argument turned physical when Owens punched the woman, prompting her to gather her belongings and leave on foot.

Police said Owens followed the woman in his truck.

“Owens exited the truck and was holding a knife, and he instructed (the girlfriend) to return to his house with him or he would stab her,” police said. “The (girlfriend) sprayed Owens with a type of Mace and Owens charged toward the (woman) as she fell to the ground.”

Police said a brief struggle ensued, and during that time Owens stabbed the woman twice in the upper back with the knife. Police said officers saw two puncture wounds on the woman.

Police said after the stabbing, Owens returned to his home and the girlfriend called one of Owens' family members to pick her up and take her to a hospital.

Police said they spoke with Owens about the incident.

“Owens identified a knife that was inside his truck as the knife he used during the altercation,” police said.

A preliminary hearing for Owens is scheduled for Sept. 24 before Kovach.

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Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. Previously working as a business reporter for the paper, he took over the crime beat at the Butler Eagle in 2021.