A New London man who is on his way to trial in connection with brutally beating an elderly man and his son was charged with assault again — this time for reportedly assaulting a teenager.
Ronald Ohm, 37, is facing a felonious assault charge in Huron County Common Pleas Court for reportedly beating the two men in April at a drinking establishment in New London.
Most recently, on Sept. 16, Ohm was called to the New London Police Department again in connection with grabbing a 19-year-old man around his throat at a North Railroad Street residence, Officer Kevin VerBurg said.
Ohm previously lived at the residence, the officer added.
VerBurg said the Huron County Sheriff’s Office dispatched him to the North Railroad Street residence about an incident which was called in as an assault.
Once on scene, the victim would only say he and Ohm “got into a squabble” and then Ohm grabbed him by the throat, VerBurg said. The victim had visible faint red marks around his neck.
“I think there was more to it,” VerBurg said Friday afternoon about the witness’ and victim’s vague statements.
One woman at the residence refused to discuss with police what she had witnessed, but another woman verified the victim’s account, VerBurg said.
Ohm already had left the residence and VerBurg left a message for him to contact the police department.
“(Ohm) called me and offered to talk about it with me,” VerBurg said.
But, once Ohm met with VerBurg, he refused to comment after being read his Miranda rights and “he lawyered up,” police said.
The investigatory reports were immediately sent to the village’s law director, Richard Woodruff, and could result in additional charges as the matter is investigated further.
Ohm is racking up a number of violent offenses through the local courts and completed six months of mental health counseling ordered last year when he attacked his wife’s vehicle and destroyed it during a domestic dispute, according to authorities.
The vehicle was left in the front yard of 4546 E. Ohio 162. Ohm was charged with domestic violence, according to New London Police Chief Mike Marko, VerBurg and court records.
Norwalk Municipal Court allowed the charge to be reduced to a disorderly conduct conviction in exchange for Ohm complying with two years of probation, according to police and court records. The probationary terms forbid Ohm from committing any further violation of the law until July 24, 2014.
Additionally, Ohm was ordered to have no association with his wife, Elizabeth, and the New London Local Schools property, according to court records. On request of Ohm’s wife, the restraining order was lifted in October 2012, stated court records.
We assisted the Huron County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest. There were seven of us out there,” Marko recalled about Ohm’s arrest at the Ohio 162 residence.
Due to the severity of Ohm’s actions, the law enforcement agencies teamed up to be cautious.
As far as the felony case, Ohm is scheduled to appear for a final pretrial Oct. 15. His jury trial is set for Oct. 22.
He remains free on a $20,000 bond.