Suicidal Falls Man Surrenders

At about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, a Falls man -- who has yet to be identified -- surrendered peacefully to police on the 300 block of Van Buren Avenue.

Updated 6:09 p.m.

Cuyahoga Falls police were able to peacefully convince a suicidal man to give himself up on the 300 block of Van Buren Avenue on Wednesday evening.

Police have not yet identified the man or provided any further details.

Minutes before the surrender, Falls police Capt. Jack Davis could be heard on the police scanner saying the man was ready to give himself up, but asked the Falls SWAT team standing by to be ready.

According to the Falls News Press, U.S. Marshals arrived at the man's home at 3:30 p.m. to serve a felony warrant for intimidating a judge. 

The situation unraveled when the man refused to open the door and alluded to having weapons.

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Glenn July 16, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Earl, I'm sorry but I think you are wrong on this one. They didn't shut down the court house that day because he was to loud and they were not able to hear. I am sure with the police dept inside of the court house no one was in fear for there life. Well hold on a man with a mega phone is pretty damn dangerous! I think everyone should have to have a permit in order to use one of these. I'm sorry Earl but this is personal and it's not right. When you make your job personal you should step down if your a public official. Remember this man has a 500,000.00 bond because the judge is in fear for there life. This is a bunch of bull and they are trying to railroad this person.
Glenn July 16, 2012 at 04:54 AM
How about you let him eat or see his doctor? All this is Summit county and the Same Sherriffs that threatened him days before are over seeing his well being. This is bull you know what! This case should be moved out of summit county.
Earl Elevant July 16, 2012 at 06:28 AM
It doesn't mean they had to shut down the courthouse--just that he hindered what was going on there. And, I'd say a guy with a grudge against a judge who holes himself up in a house with a gun could be considered a loose cannon. Why take the chance that he's harmless when he's shown quite the opposite?
Glenn July 16, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Earl, I understand where you are coming from. I guess I know more to the story then you do. Lets just say you wanted to protest a Judge. So you contact the Chief of Police to ensure you will not be breaking the law. Let him know everything you will be using and he ensures you will be fine and no law will be broken. So you go on a public sidewalk and protest. No one comes out and tells you to leave. You do this at a few more sites and it has the same results. Police come by but do nothing. Three days later you find out they put a warrant out for your arrest. A 3rd Degree Felony Warrant you have never been in trouble in your entire life and next thing you know you have FBI Agents and yes there were FBI Agents, US Marshals, Special Task Force Unit and the Local Police surround your house. Remember to this point only weapon used was a Mega Phone. How would you react? Knowing three days prior you were Threatened by Two different Deputy Sherriffs. It would not give you a warm and fuzy feeling knowing that you are going to the county jail. Which yes the Sherriffs dept. runs. Could he have went about it differently? Yes. Did he have the right to protest of course its everyones right. I can come and sit in front of your house and protest and you would not be able to do anything about it. What makes a Judge or any other person special? Understand he was only trying to make a point. That a Judge is not above the people and I guess that is not the case.
Earl Elevant July 16, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Sure, you can come to my house and protest--right up to the point where your right to protest infringes on my rights. Then, you cannot infringe on my rights because your rights are no longer rights--they are wants. You can say whatever you want in this country. It doesn't mean you won't get arrested for it, but you have the ability to say it. He had his freedom of speech. He used it. He overstepped his rights and he was arrested for it. You don't have to like it or even understand it, but that's the answer.


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