Rafidi ordered jailed without bond


U.S. Magistrate George J. Limbert this morning ordered that George Rafidi, 60, of Lordstown, owner of the Breaden Market on Youngstown’s South Side, remain jailed without bond pending further proceedings in a case where he’s charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer.

Rafidi pointed a .357-caliber revolver twice at law enforcement officers before Lordstown Detective Christopher Bordanaro fired several shots at Rafidi, according to Daniel K. DeVille, a deputy U.S. Marshal.

Rafidi retreated into his Pleasant Valley Drive home before emerging and surrendering a minute or two later, DeVille testified during this morning’s detention hearing.

The 1:10 p.m. Wednesday confrontation occurred as federal agents of the Marshal’s Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Agriculture served a search warrant in connection with a food stamp fraud investigation at Rafidi’s residence, DeVille testified.

Rafidi, who was awakened by agents knocking on his door, was not hit by the gunfire, but a USDA agent jumped off Rafidi’s porch and over the railing into a flower bed below, injuring his shoulder during the confrontation.

Nobody else was hurt in the confrontation, according to an affidavit DeVille filed with the court.

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