Willard teen cuts off ankle monitor, struggles with deputies

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

WILLARD — A Willard teenager wrestled with sheriff's deputies Wednesday night after he cut off his court-ordered ankle monitor.

Deputies responded to the report of a removed ankle monitor at 6:55 p.m. at 4248 Ohio 103, the home of Ronald T. Babione, 18.

"He advised he removed it because he thought it was uncomfortable. So he cut it off," Major Greg Englund said. "It was laying on the counter. The strap on it was cut."

Babione has been on probation through Huron County Juvenile Court since his March 2006 criminal damaging conviction from a January 2006 incident. Court administrator Chris Mushett said the defendant was in several residential treatment centers from March 27, 2006 until Nov. 9, 2007 and then released to the custody of his mother.

"He's been missing school. He's been coming and going at home as he pleases," Mushett said.

When deputies were in the process of patting down Babione on Wednesday, the suspect "bolted" and struggled with officers, Englund said. The altercation led to furniture, chairs, pots and pans being overturned.

Englund said Babione didn't get far when he fled because one deputy told another officer to use his Taser.

"As the suspect was being Tasered, he said, 'He didn't want none of that,'" Englund added.

Babione currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail. Deputies charged him with criminal damaging, resisting arrest and a probation violation.


About ankle monitors

Huron County Juvenile Court Administrator Chris Mushett explained how local authorities know about suspected tampering with ankle monitors.

When a person goes in or out of range or there is an indication of tampering, a signal goes to the Colorado company that has a contract with juvenile court. The company dispatchers then call the court, or if it's after business hours, the on-call probation officer, who does a follow-up.

Mushett said the court usually puts monitors on defendants to make sure they attend school or counseling.

"We use it primarily as an alternative to detention," the administrator said.

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