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Agitated man jailed after HM hospital refuses admission

Published: Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report


A man who police said became violent during an arrest was taken to the Mahoning County jail after his arraignment Monday.

Joseph A. Battisti, 24, spent the weekend in the city jail after his arrest Saturday morning at his home on Parkway Street.

Police were called to the home around 9:30 a.m. by his mother, who told them there was something wrong with her son, a police report says.

Two police officers went to the house. Battisti charged at them while gripping something in his hand, the report said. The object he was holding was later discovered to be a miniature baseball bat, the report said.

Battisti began fighting with one of the officers, and the other used pepper spray on him, the report says.

He kept fighting, and the fight moved to an enclosed porch. Battisti ended up putting his head through the metal bottom of a screen door, the report said.

He was handcuffed but still tried to resist arrest.

The report said Battisti’s mother and her boyfriend told police he woke up, came downstairs and began to yell for no apparent reason.

During his booking at the police station, Battisti was aggressive at times. He would cry then go into a rage, the report said.

He was dragged into his cell when he used his body as dead weight.

On Sunday, another inmate complained Battisti was behaving strangely, the report said. Police made an attempt to hospitalize him but were told by Humility of Mary Health Partners that it does not generally accept jail inmates as patients. Besides, the hospital had no beds, the report said.

At his arraignment Monday in Struthers Municipal Court, Battisti appeared barefoot, confused and disoriented.

The court appointed him an attorney because of indigence, and he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge.

He also is charged with aggravated menacing, a felony. No pleas are entered on felonies in the municipal courts.

Judge James Lanzo set his bond at $250, or 10 percent of $2,500, on the aggravated- menacing charge. His bond was set at $100, or 10 percent of $1,000, on the resisting- arrest charge.

He did not post bond and was transferred to the county jail, where he remained Tuesday.

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