Ohio Dispatcher's Camera Observation Leads to 2 Arrests

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio --

A simple observation on a city surveillance camera led to two arrests, a felonious assault charge, the confiscation of a loaded handgun and police finding a bag of crack cocaine.

The incident started when a city dispatcher observed "some sort of altercation" in the 100 block of South Fourth St., said Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty.

Police said two men bumped into each other outside of a bar and started fighting. One of them was left lying on a street corner. The other man, police said, was 28-year-old Brandon Young, of Steubenville, who was arrested and charged with assault.

Young posted $1,000 bail Tuesday night for what was thought to be a misdemeanor assault. But when he showed up in court on Wednesday, he got an unpleasant surprise.

"The subject was taken to the hospital and after Mr. Young had been booked on the assault charge, we found that the injuries to the unknown subject were much more severe, so his charges will be upgraded to felonious assault," McCafferty said.

Young is now being held in jail on $25,000 bond.

The second person arrested Tuesday night was 33-year-old Linzell Davis, of Newark, N.J. When police arrived on North Fourth Street after the fight, Davis fled the area and led police on a foot chase.

Officers caught Davis after the chase, which included several passes by the Downtown Bakery. There, startled employees locked themselves inside until Davis was apprehended.

"Employees inside the building who were working heard a thud on the roof," McCafferty said.

Bakery workers gave police a ladder, and officers found a loaded, cocked handgun and a bag of crack cocaine on the roof, both of which police said they believe belong to Davis.

Davis is being held on $250,000 bond.

Police said the incidents don't appear to be related. Both men will be in court on April 12 for a preliminary hearing.

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