Fugitive attacked captor, but 'Ziggo' bit back


WARREN — A fugitive who has been on the lam for two years on drug and weapons charges is being held without bond in the Trumbull County jail.

David S. Brantley, 24, of Wood Avenue Southwest was taken into custody Monday after he barricaded himself in the basement of a Fairfield Street Northeast house for two hours.

He didn’t surrender until Warren police dog Ziggo was sent in, said Dean Michael, coordinator of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Michael said authorities received information that Brantley was at the Fairfield house. A search warrant was obtained, and federal marshals along with the Warren Police Tactical Entry Team arrived.

Michael said Brantley held police at bay for about two hours and then Ziggo was sent in. The marshal explained that Brantley attacked Ziggo, who bit Brantley twice as the dog defended itself.

Brantley was released after treatment for bite wounds at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak ordered Brantley held without bond on one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Michael said Brantley also faces seven counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs in Trumbull County.

Brantley was facing the drug charges and a count of carrying a concealed weapon in 2004 and didn’t show up in municipal court for subsequent hearings. Michael said he doesn’t believe Brantley left Warren.

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