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Man turns himself in and tells police he ‘wanted to hurt people’

BOARDMAN — A township man accused of assault turned himself in to police shortly afterward.

Paul Downing, 37, of Homestead Drive, was arrested and told police he “wanted to hurt other people” and “needs to be put away,” according to a report.

Officers were called about 10:12 p.m. Monday to the residence. They met with a man there who said Downing came to the residence to get some belongings. He did not want Downing to come inside and, after an argument, the report states Downing swung at him and the two began to wrestle outside.

The other man was able to get away and call 911, the report states.

About 90 minutes later, Downing called the police and said he was involved in a fight.

Officers responded to Downing’s location at a Shell gas station, 5135 Market St, where they found him in the parking lot. He told police he was staying with the victim since his release from jail in December.

Downing then was placed under arrest for assault and taken to Mahoning County jail, where he is being held on a $2,000 bond.

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