Two men held with bond on suspected probation violations

One suspect punched Norwalk cop in face, sending him to hospital.
Cary Ashby
Oct 20, 2013

 

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.