Man kicks cop in shin, kicks out window in cruiser

Cary Ashby • Oct 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

A Norwalk man accused of assaulting a woman downtown is charged with kicking a police officer in the shin Tuesday morning.

Devin J. McGinn, 25, of 57 Jefferson St., was charged with one felony count each of assault on a police officer and vandalism. He must post a $15,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

At 10:40 a.m., the Norwalk Police Department received a call about the suspected assault of a 33-year-old woman near the old Quality Foods building on the northwest side of the Jefferson and Pleasant streets intersection.

Officer Dave McDonough was the first responding officer. Officer Tim Skinner and Capt. Eric Hipp also responded.

Police "received information of Devin McGinn assaulting a female near Jefferson and Pleasant streets. Upon arrival, McGinn was located near the old Quality Foods building and was being confronted by a citizen (who) intervened on the female's behalf," McDonough wrote in his report.

Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel shared more information about the incident at McGinn's bond hearing Wednesday morning. McGinn spoke with Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge via video hook-up with the jail.

During the assault investigation, McGinn "became more agitated and resisted arrest," Christophel said.

When placed under arrest, the suspect's behavior reportedly became more violent.

"He bashed his head inside the cruiser," Christophel said. "He did kick out the rear window of a cruiser. That cruiser has been put out of service."

McGinn is further accused of attempting to slip his hands out of the handcuffs, the prosecutor told the judge.

"He also kicked an officer in the shin," Christophel said, referring to Hipp.

Christophel, after the hearing, said it appears McGinn was under the influence of alcohol.

"The female stated he had too much to drink," Christophel said.

Prosecutors have declined to file any other assault charges against McGinn based on the woman's input.

"She denied being struck and declined to file any charges," said Christophel, who said there was no indication in the report that she "required medical attention."

If McGinn posts bond, he is prohibited from consuming alcohol or drugs of abuse.

Since 2008, McGinn has been charged or convicted of multiple misdemeanors, including obstruction of official business, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

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