Monessen woman charged with locking mother, son in basement
A Monessen woman returning home from a bar early Sunday locked her 75-year-old mother and 15-year-old son in the basement, saying she did not want to deal with the pair, police said.
Sherry K. Gillock, 53, was arrested by city police upon waking her up soon after they rescued two of her relatives from inside the basement.
Police said they received a call at 5:02 a.m. from another relative of Gillock's who reported she had been locked out of the home at 938 Alexander Ave., and discovered Gollick's mother and son locked inside the basement.
Gollick was jailed in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $25,000 bail. Police charged her with two counts each of false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child and endangering the welfare of a parent or guardian.
The relative told Monessen police Officer Chris Gray that she was able to assist the 15-year-old climbing through a window in the basement. But the teenager's grandmother was physically unable to escape through the window, Gray said.
Gray reported in an affidavit of probable cause filed before District Judge Joseph Dalfonso that police had to use a hammer to break through a locked wooden door to free the woman.
Police reported when they went up to a second-floor bedroom to try to wake Gillock “she was still intoxicated.”
“She was slurring her words, and there was a strong odor of alcohol,” Gray wrote in the affidavit.
Gray wrote that Gillock's son and her mother reported that Gillock “came home drunk and put them in the basement so they could not come upstairs in the house.”
“(Gillock) did not want to deal with them,” Gillock told both victims before forcing and locking them in the basement, Gray said in the affidavit.
Gray said both victims estimated that Gillock came home from the unnamed bar about midnight.
Gillock's mother suffered a minor injury to her arm as she unsuccessfully tried to climb out of the window basement, police reported.
A preliminary hearing for Gillock is scheduled for Nov. 8 before Dalfonso.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘Perfect’ skies draw big crowds to Westmoreland Fair
- Westmoreland County Fair doubles as meet-and-greet for candidates
- Man gets probation for sex with teen girl in New Kensington
- Children honor late Ligonier Township officer at Westmoreland Fair
- Prison sentence extended for New Kensington man
- Ligonier Township equine facility breaks ground
- Megan’s List offender charged with assault on 10-year-old Latrobe girl
- Greensburg man charged with terroristic threats
- Franklin Regional stabbing suspect Hribal to head to adult prison after Oct. 1
- Scottdale man charged in robbery at car wash
- 10-year-old Blairsville violinist’s expulsion over knife challenged