Two men held with bond on suspected probation violations

Cary Ashby • Oct 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Two men are being held without bond in connection with alleged probation violations.

Trae A. Hunter, 21, of Sandusky, was ordered to complete a term in a CBCF in September 2012.

A few months earlier, he pleaded guilty to attempted assault on a police officer and domestic violence for the May 18, 2012 domestic disturbance at the home of Hunter's ex-girlfriend. He was credited for serving a 138-day jail term, but received no further time behind bars.

Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp sustained several injuries after a tussle in a narrow hallway with Hunter, who was fleeing from officers and earlier threw a TV at them and punched Hipp in the face. Hipp was treated for bruised ribs and contusions to his lip and chest wall at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

Most recently, Hunter is accused of absconding supervision after being released from a CBCF and not reporting to his probation officer since that time, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Hunter's attorney had a different perspective.

"He didn't go anywhere; he lives in Erie County," Longo said.

"He never actually left the area. He never actually moved; he just fell off the radar."

Also, Longo said Hunter faces a pending probation violation through Erie County, but the judge doesn't appear to be ready to make a decision on that case until a merits hearing in January.

Also being held without bond is 20-year-old Norwalk resident Jimmy D. Watts Jr.

His underlying convictions, theft of a motor vehicle and arson, are for a late October 2012 incident. Longo and Watts have said it was a joy-riding incident that "started as a night out drinking with friends and it spiraled out of control." There was $17,000 in damage to the stolen, but insured vehicle.

The circumstances of his suspected probation violation are unclear.

Each of the defendants next go to court Nov. 18.

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