New Castle News

July 24, 2013

Youngstown man charged in police confrontation

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Charges have been filed against a man accused of fighting with police last week.

Pulaski Township police charged Jerry McWhorter, 32, of Youngstown with aggravated assault and seven other counts as the result of an incident Friday afternoon on Route 422.

Police said they responded after receiving calls of a man smashing mailboxes with a metal pipe. They later were told the man had a semiautomatic weapon.

However, officers said that when they encountered McWhorter walking along Route 422, it turned out he had a piece of wood.

But the first officer on the scene was uncertain what the suspect had and drew his weapon, ordering McWhorter to drop the object. Police said McWhorter at first ignored the command and instead continued to move around.

Police said he eventually dropped the wood and — after one officer produced a Taser — McWhorter went to the ground.

According to police, the suspect continued to yell and curse and threaten the officers and resist arrest. An ambulance was summoned and McWhorter was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

During the course of the incident, police said, McWhorter also removed most of his clothing.

Other charges filed against McWhorter were simple assault, making terroristic threats, harassment, resisting arrest, obstruction of highways, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

McWhorter remains in Ohio and no preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the charges against him.