Summit County police blotter: Campers clash over missing campsite
Ryan Summerlin June 18, 2013
Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office
Campers clash over missing campsite
A man was arrested June 8 for third-degree assault, after a woman with whom he’d been staying told authorities he’d pushed her down and taken her things.
The two were both homeless and the woman had allowed the man to stay at the campsite where she was living after she met him a few days earlier, according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office report on the incident. She reported that earlier that day she had asked the visitor to relocate the campsite to flatter ground and had returned to find it gone altogether.
She later bumped into the man and confronted him about the missing camp, the report states. She told authorities an argument ensued and the man told her she would never find the campsite and that it now belonged to him, according to the report. She said he then pushed her, causing her to fall to the ground. She scratched her hand and leg and believed she broke her wrist in the fall, according to the report.
Deputies reportedly located the man soon after. He said the fight had been about the woman drinking his alcohol and claimed that he had relocated the campsite nearby at the woman’s request, according to the report. He said during the altercation he’d told her she could find it herself. He admitted to pushing her, according to the report.
He told deputies he’d had several prior arrests for assault and narcotics possession in another state, the report states. Authorities were unable to find his record in the system and speculated he may have given them a false identity.
He was arrested and booked at the Summit County Jail on the assault charge.
Intoxicated couch surfer taken into custody
Deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office took a man who ran out of couches to sleep on into custody June 8, according to a report that stated the man had admitted to being very drunk and without a place to stay.
The man reportedly told authorities he was a transient and had been “crashing on people’s couches” in an apartment complex in the Keystone area, but that night had been unable to find anywhere to stay. He said he had been banging on doors in the building, according to the report.
He was issued a summons for disorderly conduct. He was taken into custody because he had nowhere to stay for the night, and in the patrol car began spitting on the windows and “cursing wildly,” the report states. He was trespassed from the apartment building.
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