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Austintown man arrested after standoff in assault of 4-year-old son

Published: Sat, July 5, 2014 @ 12:06 a.m.




Mahoning County Law Enforcement Task Force officers negotiated with a resident for several hours early Friday after they arrived at his home to arrest him in the assault of his 4-year-old son.

John Andrei Jr., 31, of 6935 Kirk Road, was arrested at 2:58 a.m. Friday. He is charged with felonious assault, domestic violence and inducing panic.

The boy’s mother came home from work Thursday night, noticed the child’s injuries and took him to St. Elizabeth Heath Center. Once there, police were contacted.

Township Lt. Mark Skowron said, “There was a lot of handprints.”

He continued, “The mother was very cooperative and signed a form of domestic-violence for the child.” He added that the boy was in stable condition later Friday.

The mother told police the boy had been under Andrei’s care, Skowron said.

The charges against Andrei “rose to the level of felonious assault because of the age of the child and bruising,” Skowron said.

Officers then went to arrest Andrei at his home, and saw him in his garage holding a large butcher-type knife, Skowron said.

But Andrei went back inside the residence.

Police went inside to locate him, but an officer saw an empty gun case on a bed, so they left and called in the task force’s crisis-response team to assist.

After 21/2 hours of negotiation led by an Austintown detective, Andrei came out.

Andrei has a criminal history, according to online court records. He was found guilty of disorderly conduct in 2013 and domestic violence in 2012, and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of failure to comply in a hit and run incident in 2010, all in Austintown. He also served three days in jail for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2004 through the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and five days on a second OVI from OSHP in 2006.

Friday, township police also arrested Andrei’s neighbor, John Poschner, after he tried to help negotiate, and would not stop, despite police orders. Authorities surrounded Poschner, and he tried to fight them off. He was booked into jail and released Friday.


1motherjones(26 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

Thank god the mother did the right thing!

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2motherjones(26 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

Thank god the mother did the right thing!

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3Southside_Res(166 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

Nice to see Austintown has a bunch of candy a-- keystone cops who aren't capable of arresting a man on simple domestic violence. This story is one of mindless escalation and a revelation that Austintown is becoming a police state. Was it really necessary to arrest half the neighborhood too? Are these guys morons?

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4mrgibson(48 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

I don't think anyone would argue that any adult who beats on a 4 year old child belongs in jail.
Mom did the right thing by taking the child to the hospital so he could be checked over and treated for any possible injuries.

And in the case of an obvious assualt the hospital by law must contact the police.
I wasn't there so I don't know if the cops over reacted or not but I can tell you what I see where I live which is a very low crime area.

I live in the Bazetta/Cortland area.
It's very quiet,next to no violent crime or anything serious.
We seem to have no shortage of law enforcment for such a small low crime area.

When you're stopped or pulled over by the cops around here you can expect to be swarmed by law enforcement regardless of age,sex or race.
I've seen it over and over again.

I've seen old folks surrounded by mutiple police cars,lights flashing,cops all around the car with flashlights shining in the car and on the folks inside.

Often times it seems like they all want to get in on the act.
I've seen the local cops,osp,county sheriff,and even a Mosquito Lake Park Ranger on the scene.

I'm sure it has to scare or frighten an older person or a young kid who just got his license.
When you're stopped in this area your best bet is total co-operation .
Don't be foolish or do anything to escalate the situation because you're surrounded and already presumed guilty.

Play the game......yes sir...no sir ect.
Be polite,remain cool and calm and don't give the cops any reason to haul you in or search your car or your person.

America is becoming a police state and you have fewer and fewer rights than ever before.
Our police depts.are a paramilitary force
The police are no longer there to protect and serve.
In many cases they are there to intimidate,frighten and write a whopping ticket.
It's called job security.

If you drive through the Bazetta/Cortland area obey the speed limit,make sure you come to a total and complete stop at all signs and right on red lights especially the one by the Rite Aid drug store

They bust folks at that light constantly for making a rolling stop no matter what time of the day or night
Be careful,they have hiding spots all over the area and you will be stopped for the most minor of infractions and then you get to appear in Judge Campbell's court...another experience to be avioded..

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5CS43(23 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

Seems like a good guy.

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6Southside_Res(166 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

A proud moment for all--John, APD, the task force, Austintown's Chief of Police, John's wife, and the neighbor who just didn't want to see John shot up by trigger happy task force members. Yeah, a proud moment for the community.

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7NoName99(1 comment)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Arresting one person other then the original suspect is half of the neighborhood? Over exaggerate much? If you interfere in an investigation you better believe you should get arrested. Clearly the officers on scene were taking this situation very seriously so you really think they need assistance from the neighbor? Probably not! If you read the article it states they located an empty rifle case if the house, all their attention needs to be on the windows of that house not the idiot neighbor running around trying to “help”. Instead of bashing the police department for ending this situation as peacefully as possible maybe you should commend them for it not turning deadly, or bash the bastard that assaulted that poor child. Dumb a$$!

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8Southside_Res(166 comments)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Commend the Austintown Police Department for injecting hyperbole at every turn?! Not in a million years. Granted, Andrei shouldn't have been "allegedly" beating on a four year old, if it's even proven that's what happened. If you listen to Mark Skowron, there were lots of "handprints." Makes for a great sound bite in the media. The empty gun case, all hyperbole to get the task force in there. Make no mistake, Skowron and his gang were hoping Andrei would make a mistake so they could shoot up the place and teach this do do a lesson even though he hadn't even had a hearing to determine if he actually beat the child.

It is moronic people like NoName99 who applaud the police when they constantly abuse their authority. Just when is enough enough with these cops? They just love beating prostrate women (California Highway Patrol), drunks in wheelchairs (Duluth Police Department), and dragging parapallegics from cars and beating them (Youngstown Police Department). NoName99 would be singing a different tune if Austintown cops turned their attention to him or her.

And, the Vindicator?! A standoff?! What standoff?! I have to deeply criticize the Vindicator reporter for lack of imagination. The title of the article and it's content was ripped straight from a WKBN video report. If you listen to these moronic media outlets like WKBN and the Vindicator, you'd think it was the Wild West all over again in Austintown. The media made this situation no better.

So to NoName99 and your simpleton analysis, revisit what just happened: Mindless idiots at Austintown Police Department amped this up because they wanted to put Andrei in the ground. Is this the personification of our American justice system? It sounds more like anarchy to me.

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9Southside_Res(166 comments)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

To Robert Connelly:

Hey, Bob, a second year journalism student can use a television at a Vindicator office and write the same piece you did. If this article is the best example you can provide for investigative journalism, then go back to school and get a real journalism degree. And, the Vindicator the best newspaper in Ohio? By whose standard?!

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