Youngstown mom arrested for assault on federal agent

By joe gorman


A 36-year-old woman was arrested and arraigned on charges she assaulted a federal agent Wednesday as U.S. Marshals tried to serve an arrest warrant on her son.

Rochelle Johnson also faces a charge from city police pending for resisting arrest after the marshals came to her 201 W. Chalmers Ave. home about 1 p.m. Wednesday looking for her son, Trevon Johnson, 20, who had a warrant from Columbiana County Common Pleas Court for a possession of drug charge.

Rochelle Johnson is accused of not only resisting arrest but also slamming a steel door on the hand of Marshal Dean Michael after he attempted to arrest her, after warning her twice not to interfere with the arrest of her son. She had to be stunned with an electronic stun gun before she could be handcuffed, reports said.

Reports say she was taken to the federal courthouse on Market Street after she was arrested. Court records show she was arraigned later in the day and that prosecutors moved for her to be detained. She remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge George Limbert today.

Court records also show her case will be bound over to a federal grand jury.

Marshals came to the home looking for Trevon Johnson, and Rochelle Johnson answered the door, reports said. Deputies told her they were looking for her son and he came downstairs. When he was in sight, the marshals told him he was under arrest.

Reports said Rochelle Johnson stood in the doorway and would not allow Michael to enter to take her son into custody. Michael warned her she could be arrested if she did not get out of the way and she then allowed him inside, reports said.

When another marshal tried to handcuff her son, Rochelle Johnson pushed her way past Michael and she was warned again, reports said. Her son would not allow himself to be handcuffed and he had to be taken to the ground. Rochelle then pulled away and was told she would be arrested, reports said, but when Michael tried to re-enter the home to handcuff her, she slammed the door on his hand.

Michael then struggled with the mother with one hand until another marshal came inside the home and used his stun weapon on her.

Outside, reports said Trevon Johnson asked to see the warrant. When he was told he could see it when he was secured inside a police car, he tried to run away. He had to be tackled again, reports said. Besides the warrant, he was taken to the Mahoning County jail for the charge of resisting arrest.

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