Man accused of knocking out probation officer pleads innocent

Alleged assault took place at Hunter's Glenn condominium complex in Norwalk.
Cary Ashby
Apr 3, 2013


A man accused of punching a Richland County probation officer during an arrest attempt last year had his trial date scheduled Monday.

William G. Brown, 43, is scheduled to go to trial June 6 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. On March 15, a grand jury indicted him on assault in connection with a March 25, 2012 incident.

Brown is accused of assaulting the probation officer "during the employee's official work hours," according to the indictment.

"The charge was filed in Norwalk Municipal Court, but he never appeared there," Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Judge Jim Conway.

Longo, on Brown's behalf Monday, entered a "not guilty" plea to the fifth-degree felony "with reservation" so he possibly could file a motion to dismiss the case. If convicted, Brown faces six to 12 months behind bars.

In late March 2012, several law-enforcement agencies were hunting down Brown.

Police reported having information that Brown, who was wanted on undisclosed warrants out of Louisiana, arrived in Norwalk the night of March 23, 2012 and possibly was staying with relatives.

"They (Louisiana authorities) said they'd be willing to extradite him, so they must be pretty serious felonies," Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light told the Reflector at the time.

The probation officer attempted to arrest Brown at a Deer Track Trail residence on a suspected probation violation.

"The guy (Brown) turned around and punched him. ... The punch either knocked him out or he was knocked out when he hit the ground," Light said.

An ambulance transported the officer to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with what Light described as a "busted lip." Norwalk officers took the man's gun and vehicle to the police station for safekeeping.

Since July 3, Brown has been incarcerated at the Belmont Correctional Institution. Prison records show he is serving a four-year sentence for one count each of possession of criminal tools and failure to comply for convictions through Richland County Common Pleas Court.



during official work hours? he could have at least let the guy get off work, then whup him..


Right! I was thinking the same thing.


I was thinking this criminal is a pansy who can't handle paying the piper for the crimes he has committed and wanted to run away like a little baby. As the old saying goes "don't do the crime if you can't do the time." He should have put on his big boy panties and went peacefully. So now, because he hit a P.O. he has more charges. Yeah, that was brilliant. Wow! this guy must be a genius. Punching a man who is only doing his job because he can't handle being a arrested or going to prison doesn't make him a man, actually it makes him a coward. I had other words in mind but can't use them here. Man up and face the piper. If he is wanted in Louisiana then I don't want him in Ohio. Send him back. Dang...

jack langhals

The PO should be waiting around some nite !