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Niles officer says man head-butted him during arrest

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Anthony Vaccaro

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A Niles officer is recovering from injuries, and a suspect is behind bars following an arrest. 

According to a police report, officers were called about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to the are of Bellevue Drive, near Ravine Court on reports of a man acting erratically.  

Police made contact with Anthony Vaccaro, who was in the middle of the street. Police say he told them he was looking for his cell phone. Officers noted that Vaccaro appeared to be “tweaking,” speaking quickly and not making sense, the report stated.

A check of Vaccaro’s record showed he had an outstanding warrant out of Warren, according to the report.

While an officer was trying to handcuff  Vaccaro, police say he spun around and both the officer and Vaccaro fell to the ground. The officer hit his head on the pavement and then Vaccaro started thrashing around, head -butting the officer, the report stated.

Two other officers responded to the scene and after one of them saw Vaccaro’s head slam into the arresting officer’s mouth, the assisting officer punched Vaccaro in the face with a closed fist. That stunned Vaccaro, and officers were then able to put him in handcuffs, according to the report. 

Police say even while handcuffed, Vaccaro was still thrashing around before calming down. 

The officer that was head-butted was bleeding from his mouth and suffered injuries to his neck and back. 

Vaccaro was arrested on charges of assault and resisting arrest. 

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