Austintown man arrested on kidnapping, assault charges

Staff report


A township man faces charges of kidnapping, resisting arrest and assault after an incident reported at his Kirk Road residence early Wednesday.

Police said a woman called 911 to report an assault and a gas-station employee called 911 soon after that when the woman fled there for assistance, according to a police report.

The woman reported she was assaulted by Cody Stenger, 25. Officers reported seeing multiple injuries on the woman.

She told police she and Stenger got into an argument and he became aggressive, backing her into a room, pushing her against the wall, wrestling her into a bedroom and throwing her on the bed.

She also reported he broke her cellphone, dragged her by her hair and “punched her repeatedly in her head and body,” according to the report.

She said she was able to get away when Stenger went into a bedroom and began hitting his head against a wall.

Police reported when they arrived at the residence, it was “in total disarray with items thrown all over including a table and couch,” and had blood on the carpet.

The resisting-arrest charge stems from Stenger throwing a pen after his written statement upon being told he was under arrest, then walking away and “yelling profanities,” and attempting to prevent officers from putting him in handcuffs, police said.

Stenger is scheduled to appear Monday for an arraignment hearing in Mahoning County Area Court.

He remained in the Mahoning County jail at press time Thursday.

County court records indicate Stenger previously was convicted on charges of disorderly conduct, possessing/selling a dangerous drug and criminal trespass in separate cases between 2012 and 2016.

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