Youngstown man faces abduction charges


A mental health evaluation has been ordered for an Oregon Avenue man accused of pinning a woman against a vehicle for several minutes Thursday morning in the parking lot of Stambaugh School, 2420 Donald Ave.

James Leach, 58, was arraigned Friday in municipal court on a third degree felony charge of abduction. Magistrate Anthony Sertick also set bond at 10 percent of $5,000.

Reports said Leach pulled in behind a woman in the school parking lot and held her against her will until she was able to dial the last number on her phone. As he left, she took a picture of his van, reports said.

Police tracked the plate on the van to Leach’s home, where he was arrested.

Reports said a person at the home told police Leach has mental health problems.

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