Goshen Twp. man charged with felonious assault

GOSHEN TWP. – A township man allegedly assaulted at a Salem party over the weekend found himself in jail Tuesday on his own felonious assault charge.

Samuel L. Lapin, 26, 15036 U.S. Route 62 7, Salem, was charged with one count of fourth-degree felony assault and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and obstruction of official business after allegedly punching a Damascus EMT attempting to assist with his injuries early Sunday morning.

According to police reports, officers Kevin Ragan and Dustin Bridgeman responded to a physical domestic violence report at his residence at 4:17 a.m., finding Lapin on the floor with his hands and face covered in blood and his face severely bruised. He reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol and could not coherently explain what had happened.

His girlfriend exited the bathroom at that time with a bruised and bloodied face, including a fat lip and missing front tooth, and told officers the two had been assaulted by a group of individuals at a party on Lincoln Avenue in Salem, but that she did not know the identities of the individuals or the location of the party. She claimed the argument with Lapin resulted from an attempt to keep him from leaving their residence with his injuries.

During the investigation Lapin began to demand police reinforcements, claiming people were coming to kill them all, and became irate, refusing to take orders from officers. He grew more agitated when Damascus EMS personnel arrived, refusing assistance.

EMS personnel eventually convinced him to enter an ambulance for transport to the hospital, but he grew combative again, prompting the personnel to request officer assistance in the vehicle. He was warned that he could go to the hospital for treatment or face arrest, at which time he started making threats against officers and personnel, including threatening gestures, before relenting when warned with a taser.

Lapin acted calm and took off his jacket, then lunged at the EMT, punching him in the face. He was promptly handcuffed and removed from the ambulance, and he began kicking windows when placed in the rear of the cruiser. At the Salem hospital he again became belligerent and had to be physically restrained to a bed by hospital staff.

Lapin refused to file a report with the Salem Police Department regarding the assault. His girlfriend was treated and released.

Later that morning Lapin was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown where he was treated and released. He was found at his mother’s on North Lincoln Avenue in Salem at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, but the Mahoning County jail would not accept him until a doctor had examined an injury to his jaw, which doctors determined needed surgery.

Cpl. Nicholas Brent took Lapin into custody when he was discharged later that morning and transported him to the county jail. He faces arraignment Thursday in Sebring.