Coitsville man accused of threats against black Youngstown officers
By joe gorman
A Mahoning County man is in jail on more than $30,000 bail after he was accused of threatening and racially insulting two city police officers.
Craig L. Hall, 30, who is white and who lists a Coitsville address, was arraigned Friday before Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court on two counts of aggravated menacing, two counts of ethnic intimidation and a count of disorderly conduct as well as a probation violation.
He returns to municipal court for a preliminary hearing on the charges next Friday.
Reports said officers on patrol downtown were flagged down about 2:45 a.m. Friday by Officer Jimmy Hughes Jr., who was off duty, in front of 110 W. Federal St.
Hughes, who is black, told the officers he spotted Hall arguing with someone else and that Hall alluded to shooting that person.
Hughes said in reports he knew Hall from calls while on duty and tried to calm Hall down. Hall threatened to beat Hughes up, then called him a racial name, which is when he flagged down the uniformed officers.
The uniformed officers tried to get Hall to stop yelling and told him that Hughes was a police officer.
Reports said Hall told the officers he did not care. They arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct, aggravated menacing and ethnic intimidation after Hughes said he felt he would be harmed if Hall got the chance.
Reports said the entire time Hall continued threatening Hughes and racially insulting him.
When Hall was booked into the jail, he also threatened Officer George Wallace, who is black, and called Wallace several racial names while referring to himself as a “white gorilla.” Additional aggravated-menacing and ethnic-intimidation charges were added for that episode.
Court records show Hall served prison time in 2002 after pleading guilty to two counts of felonious assault and was later sentenced to more prison time after he violated probation.
This year, he has a pending receiving-stolen-property case in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and records also show he was arrested July 6 by city police for disorderly conduct and Aug. 22 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, also by city police.