June 30, 2016

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Social media help Wadsworth Police nab suspect

WADSWORTH — Police credited social media and public assistance with providing the information that led to an arrest Wednesday.

About 8:50 a.m., police reported pulling over a rental car on North Lyman Street driven by David R. Jimison Jr., 40, whose last known address was in Williston, N.D.

Police learned that the Medina County Sheriff’s Office had a warrant for Jimison’s arrest, charging him with receiving stolen property.

Police said Jimison drove away and led police on a chase that was called off by a police supervisor because of heavy traffic on College Street.

He was spotted next in the area of Memorial Park and police again gave chase.

Police Lt. Robert Wyrick said stop sticks, equipped with long spikes, were used to puncture at least one of Jimison’s tires. While southbound on State Street, he crashed his vehicle near Seville Road and fled into a nearby wooded area.

The department used social media and the Medina County Emergency Notification System to alert the public. More than 1,300 alerts went out to residents who subscribe to the department’s notification service.

Wyrick said residents called to report spotting Jimison.

“Several calls were received from the public, providing us with updated information on the suspect’s location,” Wyrick said.

About 10:15 a.m., police saw Jimison near Isham School. He was arrested after a short foot chase.

In addition to the original charge of receiving stolen property, Jimison is charged with failure to comply, a third degree felony, and several traffic violations.

He was taken to the Medina County Jail, awaiting video arraignment today before Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

Wadsworth received assistance from the Sheriff’s Office, and Seville, Westfield Center and Rittman police departments.

To sign up for community notifications through the Medina County-wide Everbridge System, visit Wadsworth’s website, ww.wadsworthcity.com, and click on the “One Call Reaches All” information under the Departments/Administration/Safety Director links.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.