Niles man shocked and arrested in Liberty

LIBERTY — A Niles man with active warrants was pulled out of a car by Liberty police Wednesday and racked up additional charges.

Nicholas A. Lucariello was scheduled to be arraigned in Girard Municipal Court Friday on charges of obstructing official business and resisting arrest, following his arrest Thursday on a charge of escape. No court information was available.

According to a police report, Lucariello, 31, also used vulgarity in wishing death upon an officer, after being shocked with a stun weapon during a warrant service for domestic violence.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, officers were advised to be on the lookout for a red Ford Fusion traveling southbound on Belmont Avenue. Dispatchers advised that the suspect was Lucariello, who had active warrants through the Adult Parole Authority, and that he also made threats of violence toward officers.

The driver of the vehicle, later noted as an unidentified woman, eventually made a lefthand turn into the Fast Trac gas station at Belmont and Gypsy Lane. Before approaching the vehicle, an officer pulled out of the Fast Trac lot, and into the Rite Aid lot.

Once the officer observed an identical sticker in the same spot on the vehicle as dispatchers described, another officer arrived in the immediate area to attempt first contact with Lucariello.

While the woman driver stood outside of the car pumping gas, units activated their overhead lights. She was advised to get away from the vehicle, as police conducted a “high risk traffic stop.” Later, she was placed in the rear of a cruiser.

“At this time, officers gave Nicholas multiple clear and precise verbal commands to keep his hands where officers could see them,” the report states. “And to stick both hands out of the window.”

After he was advised to step out of the vehicle, an officer wrote that Lucariello continued to fail to comply with orders. The suspect told officers, “I am not driving the car, I did not commit a crime,” according to the report.

“After about 10 minutes of trying to negotiate with Nicholas, officers walked up to the listed vehicle, in which (patrolman) grabbed Nicholas’s left arm, while I grabbed his right arm and top portion of his hoodie through the window.”

While attempting to gain control of Lucariello, he began “making evasive movements to try and defeat” the attempt, an officer stated. “He continued to brace, and tense up his arms to avoid being taken into custody.”

The car door was eventually unlocked by one of the officers, while still having a hold of Lucariello. When Lucariello was forcibly removed from the vehicle, he continued to resist arrest by locking his arms, the report states.

Officers grabbed Lucariello’s waist area and right leg to knock him off balance. As he was brought to the ground, he landed on his stomach, on top of his arms.

After further resisting officers from controlling both of his arms, an officer used a stun weapon and dry stunned Lucariello in the lower back area to gain compliance. It took another dry stun for Lucariello to finally comply, the report states.

Lucariello had to be forced into a patrol vehicle, because he was still resisting. Subsequently, Lucariello then told an officer that he was going to die, while staring at him, as described in the report.

The vehicle owner gave the officers consent to search her vehicle, in which nothing illegal was located. The driver was advised that she was free to leave.

Also noted in the report, one of the officers sustained an injury to his left arm, for which he had to be treated at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Lucariello was transported to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office without further incident and booked on resisting arrest and obstruction charges, along with his active warrants listed on the Trumbull County Sheriff’s website as of Thursday, as misdemeanor assault and fifth-degree felony escape.

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