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Curfew, assault charges filed

Two defendants attempt to strike officer, report says

YOUNGSTOWN — Among nearly a dozen people charged with misdemeanor violations of Youngstown’s Sunday curfew, two — Tasia N. Ford, 24, of East Judson Avenue and Demond Belton, 25, of Pineview Avenue — also are facing felony charges of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Defendants were arraigned Monday.

A Youngstown police report states that an officer approached Ford at Commerce and Symphony Place after curfew. She refused to leave, so an officer tried to place her under arrest. Ford pushed the officer away and started swinging with punches, the report states.

As the officer tried to take her to the ground, Belton tried to push him away from Ford. Belton then threw a punch at the officer, but the officer evaded the blow, the report states.

Belton then ran away but was nabbed by other officers, the report states.

Officers then apprehended Ford.

A third male evaded arrest.

Belton told police he was injured and was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment before being taken to jail.

Many of those charged with a curfew violation were arrested near West Boardman Street and Vindicator Square around 8:30 p.m. after Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown issued a curfew after an afternoon of peaceful protest.

The protest was in response to the death of George Floyd, 46, who died in police custody after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, knelt on his neck to restrain him.

Police said they found a crowd blocking the street at Federal and Vindicator Square and ordered it to disperse. Many failed to comply, so officers moved in to make arrests, according to a police report.

Also charged are:

• Rean L. Easterling, 25, of Pineview Avenue, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and resisting arrest;

• Johnathon T. Repich, 29, of South Pricetown Road, Berlin Center, curfew;

• Treyvon J. Jones, of Chapel Hill Drive, curfew;

• Latrell Mickel, 19, of Glendale Avenue, Boardman, disorderly conduct and curfew;

• Craig M. Badgley, 21, of Canton Street, East Liverpool, disorderly conduct;

• Antwan Jones, 19, of Gladstone Street, Campbell, curfew;

• Anthony Shonce, 15, of Westgate Boulevard, Austintown, curfew;

• Nicholas Hogan, 16, of Forsythe Street, Girard, curfew;

• Deviel M. Jones, 19, of Ohio Avenue, Youngstown, misdemeanor obstruction of official business and failure to comply with the orders of a police officer.

Jones and Belton were stopped by police after getting word of a male in a sport utility vehicle trying to pull out of the Western Reserve Transit Authority building on Federal Street onto Fifth Avenue.

An officer followed the vehicle, but the SUV sped north on Belmont Avenue, police said. After an Austintown officer assisted, the vehicle stopped near the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. The passenger — Belton — jumped out and ran but was apprehended soon thereafter, police said.

Jones was the driver, the police report states.

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