MARLBORO TWP.OH March 13 2012 — Police say a Lexington Township man threatened a security officer guarding an oil and gas drilling site, then later assaulted the Marlboro Township policeman who was called to investigate.
David Walker, 54, of 13540 McCallum Ave. NE was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Alliance Municipal Court on charges of felony assault and felony resisting arrest. He is being held in the Stark County jail.
Police Chief Ron Devies said Marlboro received a call just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday that a man was trying to drive his pickup truck onto the hydraulic drilling site on Edison Street in the township. The security guard at the site stopped and questioned the man.
“He said ‘I’m here to video tape,’ ” said Devies. “Then he made a veiled threat,” telling the guard he was going to return the next day “and deal with all of you.”
Officer Donald Worthy responded. He tracked Walker to his home on McCallum, where he was attacked by Walker in an abandoned building on the property, Devies said.
“Walker struck (Worthy) in the face twice and stuck his fingers inside his mouth,” cutting the officer’s mouth, according to Devies.
Worthy called for backup and used pepper spray to subdue Walker. Devies and a Stark County sheriff’s deputy came to assist.
Walker was arrested. He would not tell police why he wanted to take video at the drilling site.
Devies said Walker twice more struggled with officers — once at the Marlboro station and again with deputies at the jail, where he was sent after a psychiatric and medical evaluation at Mercy Medical Center.
Worthy was released from Alliance Community Hospital after treatment for face, mouth and knee injuries. He’ll spend about a week recuperating before returning to duty, Devies said.