Campbell police arrest Youngstown man on several charges

Campbell police arrest Youngstown man on several charges


A Youngstown man was arrested by city police early Sunday on several charges — including possession of drugs, violation of a protection order, and driving under suspension — after he was spotted trying to gain access to a car parked in the street in front of a residence in the 200 block of Reed Avenue.

According to the police report, the man — identified as 31-year-old Joseph J. Hardy, of West Glenhaven Avenue — appeared extremely upset at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, pulling on the mirror and the driver’s side window, and kicking the car. Shortly after their arrival, police saw Hardy walk toward the driveway of a house just a few houses away from where he’d parked.

Hardy refused to answer officers’ questions regarding what he was doing, then admitted he was trying to get in touch with the woman who lived at the house. He could not, however, state the woman’s name, and became dodgy and inconsistent with his responses.

Police placed Hardy under arrest for criminal trespass, and found 1.4 grams of suspected marijuana on him.

They also observed minor scuff marks on the car that Hardy had earlier been kicking. Soon afterward, a woman who claimed she was the owner of the car — 38-year-old Rachel A. Malave, of Reed Avenue — said that she and Hardy were fighting about a credit card and a breakup, and that Hardy had driven the car registered in her name and parked it a few houses away from her mother’s residence in order to continue that argument.

Police learned, too, that Malave’s mother had filed a protection order against Hardy, which is why he parked several houses down, and also discovered 0.6 grams of suspected cocaine in a baggie stuffed inside his shoe, which he accused police of planting on him. Hardy threatened an officer as well, stating that he would do his time and come after the officer outside of work when he “could not hide behind his badge.”

In all, Hardy was charged with driving under suspension, possession of drugs (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs (cocaine), criminal trespass, violation of a protection order, and illegal conveyance of weapons or prohibited items. He is being held without bond at the Mahoning County Justice Center.

Malave was charged with obstructing official business for demanding that the car be released to her, and for refusing to leave the scene. She is scheduled to appear in Campbell Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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