The Warren police officer says he has sore ribs and a torn uniform.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A weekend wedding reception got out of hand with five Niles men being charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
Those appearing Monday in Warren Municipal Court were Robert J. Peyatt, 22, of Gilbert Street; Ryan F. Smith, 22, of West Third Street; Mark Lawrence, 24, of Lafayette Street; Joseph E. Kijowski, 27, of Peffer Avenue; and Joshua A. Kijowski, 23, of High Street.
Peyatt was also charged with public indecency in the events at Aulizio's Catering and Banquet Hall, 4395 Youngstown Road.
Warren Patrol Officer Reuben Shaw was working off-duty security Saturday night. He said things got uncomfortable when some men at the reception began insulting the female bartender.
Shaw reported going outside and spotting a man, whom he later identified as Peyatt, urinating in the lot. Shaw told him there were restroom facilities inside the building.
One of the men grabbed Shaw from behind and told the officer to show more respect because the event was a wedding reception. Shaw warned the man who had grabbed him not to touch him.
The two began to tussle and Shaw took the man to the pavement. Shaw said the others then pounced on top of him.
Shaw said that if Niles police hadn't arrived, the fight could have become more serious. Shaw explained that he was punched in the ribs and his uniform was torn.
"I have three children who expect me to come home," Shaw said Monday of the melee.
Three of the men were released on a 4,500 surety bond. Joshua Kijowski and Peyatt were released on 5,500 surety bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court again Nov. 21.