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$700K bond set in case of assault on YSU officer



Published: Thu, December 22, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

and Denise Dick

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Seth McDaniel is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase and assaulting a Youngstown State University officer.

And he won’t be getting out of Mahoning County jail until he can post hundreds of thousands of dollars in bond.

McDaniel, 33, of South Hazelwood Avenue, appeared Wednesday before Judge Robert Douglas of Youngs-town Municipal Court for arraignment on felony charges of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault and failure to comply. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of child endangering.

McDaniel told the court his only income is Social Security disability, so the judge assigned him an attorney, then set his bond at a total of $700,000 — $150,000 for each felony charge against him and $50,000 for each misdemeanor charge against him.

McDaniel’s preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 28.

Prosecutors told the court McDaniel has a previous conviction for receiving stolen property in another state.

According to police, YSU Officer Dan Farinelli saw McDaniel — driving a Jeep vehicle — go through a stop sign without stopping while heading east on Lincoln Avenue at Phelps Street on campus about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The officer put on his lights, stopped the vehicle and walked to the driver’s window.

Farinelli noticed a temporary license plate on the car that had expired in May and asked McDaniel for his license and registration. McDaniel said he had no brakes on the car, and he tried to leave the vehicle. Farinelli told him to stay in the car.

YSU Police Chief Jack Gocala said McDaniel also had a warrant from Girard Municipal Court for failure to appear on a citation for having no driver’s license.

McDaniel is accused of grabbing onto the officer’s sweater vest during the traffic stop and beginning to drive, dragging him about 30 feet. Farinelli rolled away from the car, and he and a second officer who had arrived chased the Jeep, which traveled on Wick Avenue through downtown across the Market Street bridge to Interstate 680.

At about the Connecticut Avenue/Belle Vista exit on I-680 on the West Side, McDaniel rammed the Jeep into one of the cruisers twice before coming to a stop, police said.

McDaniel’s two children, age 5 and 6, were in the back seat of the Jeep, leading to the child-endangering charges.

The aggravated-robbery charge stems from an attempt by McDaniel to grab a gun from one of the officers, prosecutors said. The officer said he had to struggle with McDaniel to hold onto the gun.

Prosecutors asked the court for a higher bond, saying if McDaniel had managed to get the officer’s gun there would have been a much more serious situation. They also labeled McDaniel as a clear flight risk, willing to do anything to escape capture by police.


Comments

1samIam(213 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

700K Bond? in Youngstown,Ohio for embarrassing a "rent-a-cop" what a joke. Murder bonds are a 100K and Rent-a-Cops command 700K??- Attempted grabbing a gun with his two kids in the back seat? Gee who brought a gun to a stop sign infraction?? There is way more to this trumped up event than meets the eye.

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2doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Put this idiot in jail for the maximum amount of time.I hope he enjoys this Christmas and 38 more in jail.

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3E328(15 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

SamIam, you obviously don't know what you're talking about. YSUPD are fully sworn police officers. They are a police department just like any other. "Who brought a gun to a stop sign infraction?" The POLICE OFFICER who got dragged by a lowlife criminal, that's who. YSUPD handles more than you care to know about. Obviously, the criminals of Youngstown don't detour around the campus.
I'd have to agree with LosersNeverWin... go back to bed.

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4pol26(26 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I can see your point Samlam. Of course it's hard to really know what's going on with this guy and the cop too, but it sounds to me like the guy has a mental disability/illness and he was nervous, scared, confused, etc. Did the car really have no brakes? Where are the kids now? Nobody reports the story from that angle. $700K bond, really? I think the court pounced on this guy, just like the cop probably did. Better make sure this guy isn't out driving through stop signs or near his kids at Christmas. No wonder we have so much crime and murder in this town.

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5commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

samslam&pol, your both IDIOTS with that kind of thinking!!
I bet if you where the YSU cop and someone did that to you YOU would have let him go!!
What if that guy would have got the cops gun and shot him would you still say that 700K woas to much? The cop should have shot the as*h**e when he grabbed him.

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6Silence_Dogood(1341 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"Yeah and you guessed it! They were both Black guys."
As Stan would say it is a "cultural thing", so we have to accept it and overlook it. So when driving in Youngstown when you come up to a green light you still need to slow down and look both ways for you never know when someone with a cultural identity issue is coming from the red light direction.

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7southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Seth McDaniel receives Social Security disability for what? He appears to be able to elude police and his charges include: aggravated robbery & felonious assault.

Sounds as though he can be gainfully employed.

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8commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Another example of how the S.S. system is being ripped off. Why and how did this guy get into the system? This needs to be checked into and someone in the S.S. office needs to be held responsable for this waste.

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9walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

samlam,
You are an idiot. The YSU police dept. has full police power under the Ohio Revised Code and does a great job. What else would be the reason it is consistently rated one of the safest state university campuses when it is smack in the middle of the sh!thole that is Youngstown? They provide mutual aid to YPD and cover a large area of the north side. This intersection is inside the campus border and the officer is sworn to uphold all laws. Now, a person that feels they can assault a law enforcement officer with their children in their care is a dangerous menace to society.

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