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Road rage triggers assault in Boardman, police report

Published: Sat, July 2, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

Staff report


A Youngstown man and woman will be in Mahoning County Area Court in Boardman on Tuesday facing charges of felonious assault and child endangering.

Two off-duty township police officers, Detective Jerry Kamensky and Detective Sgt. Glen Riddle, arrested Rasheedah N. Butler, 32, of Judson Avenue, and Derek V. Tensley, 34, of Arlington Street, after witnessing the two beat a woman at the Shell gas station on the corner of Market Street and Indianola Road about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The officers said Tensley was holding a woman in a headlock and slamming her head against the trunk of a car repeatedly while Butler also fought with the woman.

The assault was based on road rage, as Butler said she would “teach the woman a lesson about using her turn signal,” according to reports.

The victim told officers she made an abrupt, sharp turn into the Shell station and saw Butler behind her honking the horn and yelling at her.

Riddle said when he arrived, a witness already was calling for police, and on-duty officers soon came to the scene.

The victim was taken to a hospital and her young daughter, who was in the car, was released to a family friend, he added.

Butler and Tensley, who had two children in their car, were taken to Mahoning County jail on $14,500 bond each, reports state.

Their children were released to the custody of a family member, Riddle said.

The two off-duty officers had been stopping by local businesses to put up “United Against Crime” signs in support of the Aug. 2 police levy.

“Here we are campaigning for more police, and we had a brawl right in front of us,” Riddle said.

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