Police: Men Face Felony Charges After Bringing Gun to Fight

The following was supplied by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.

On April 7 at 3:15 a.m., David I. Cochran, 26, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested for allegedly brandishing a loaded handgun during an argument with a neighbor in the 4100 block of Americana Drive. 

As Cuyahoga Falls police arrived to investigate, Cochran reportedly threw the gun in a nearby patch of grass in an attempt to hide the weapon.

He was charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony. 

Cochran's roommate, William S. Mahota, 24, was charged with complicity to carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, since it was he who provided the gun to Cochran, according to the police report. 

The pair appeared in Stow Municipal Court on Monday before Judge Lisa Coates for a preliminary hearing, according to stowmunicourt.com. 

Given the felony counts, their cases will likely be bounded over to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas since Stow's court doesn't prosecute felonies.


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