YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown man accused of assaulting a teenager last year is on trial in Youngstown Municipal Court this week.
Last May, Charles Nisevich was arrested after witnesses said they saw him chasing down a teenage boy and punching the teen in the head. Nearly a year later, he’s on trial for assault.
“You may hear me, probably, get someone in a lie,” Nisevich said.
He is acting as his own attorney. Nisevich decided to do this after pleading guilty and then changing his mind last fall.
He said in court that he was chasing Christopher Baker, who broke his American flag and stole his cell phone.
Officer Ryan Curry got there shortly after it happened and talked to Baker.
“When he was speaking to us, he was hard to understand. He was shaken,” Curry said.
Baker, who was part of the Junior ROTC program at East High School, said he never touched Nisevich’s flags and did not steal his cell phone.
“At the time, I didn’t know if he was planning to harm me or was going to kill me.”
“It was OK until he had to get up to testify. Then it kind of got a little teary-eyed, just recounting what had happened that day,” said Patricia Baker, the victim’s mother. “It was kind of hard. My son was terrified for his life.”
Baker told the jury that Nisevich shouted racial slurs at him after the assault.
“He said he was tired of all us ‘n-words’ coming on his property,” Baker said.
The racial slurs were not mentioned in the police report. Neither was the cell phone Nisevich claimed was stolen.