July 24, 2016

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Lodi man charged with assault on police officer

LODI — A Bank Street man was charged with assault Tuesday night after he reportedly fought with an officer and threatened him with a beer bottle.

Matthew Harris, 43, of 727 Bank St., was charged with assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after a scuffle with officer Fred Geiss­man, who broke his hand in the incident.

Police Chief Keith Keough said at 11:19 p.m., Geissman was called to Buck­eye Polymers, 104 Lee St., about a man threaten­ing employees.

A witness said employees were outside on break when they reportedly saw Harris enter a
woman’s truck and rifle through her belongings. When the employee confronted Har­ris, he reportedly told her the truck was his. When the woman said it was her truck, Harris allegedly began to threaten her and other employees, Keough said.

Harris reportedly fled when Geissman arrived and a foot chase ensued, the chief said.

When Geissman caught up to him, Harris reportedly swung a beer bottle at Geiss­man when he attempted to arrest him, according to Keough.

As Geissman struggled to handcuff Harris, they fell, resulting in Geissman breaking his right hand in several places, Keough said.

Harris was arrested and taken to the Medina County Jail, where he was being held Wednesday on $75,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.

Geissman was taken to Lodi Community Hospital, where he was treated and released, Keough said.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.