Austintown crime activity: Man asks officer to ‘act like he didn’t see cocaine,’ police say


Tuesday, March 19

12:59 a.m. – S. Raccoon Road and Fitzgerald Avenue, Ralph Riddle, Jr., 41, of Youngstown, charged with drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Police said Riddle was found with a Tramadol pill for which he did not have a prescription, and a digital scale containing cocaine residue was found in the vehicle as well as a bag of marijuana. Police said Riddle told an officer, “That’s only a 10 of cocaine. Can’t you act like you didn’t see it?” 

7:42 .m. – 5500 block of Mahoning Ave., Jawwaad Pusey, 32, of Youngstown, arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Police said Pusey pulled a gun on an employee of McDonald’s and stole $70 after he was told that he couldn’t return food without a receipt. Police said Pusey was arrested at Walmart, where he was also trying to make returns without a receipt. 

Sunday, March 24

3:05 a.m. – 800 block of N. Canfield Niles Rd., Joseph Jennings, 38, of Northwood, Ohio, charged with vandalism. Police were called to the Hampton Inn for a report that Jennings, who was intoxicated, punched the bathroom door of his hotel room, causing damage. Police said they arrived at the room to find blood on the floor, a spilled beverage and a damaged television and coffee maker on the floor. The bathroom door had a hole in it, and a shower rod had been pulled down, according to a police report. Jennings “could not provide a sensible account of his evening,” or what had happened, according to a police report.

Disclaimer: These reports don’t represent all calls made to the Austintown Police Department. This public information was provided in reports from the Austintown Police Department. Items reflect charges filed, not convictions.

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