LISBON - A man who reportedly assaulted Sheriff Ray Stone to get away when deputies attempted to take him into custody on a warrant now faces an additional felonious assault charge.
Chief Deputy Allen Haueter said on Thursday Stone and four deputies followed up on a tip Lucas Sims was at a camper on Oakridge Road outside of Wellsville.
Previously deputies attempted to apprehend him on a warrant for failure to pay child support and he had jumped out of a camper window. That led to additional charges of fleeing and eluding and resisting arrest.
On Thursday, deputies surrounded the camper and when Sims, 27, jumped from a window, Stone was there to grab him. According to Haueter, Sims applied a stiff arm, knocking Stone to the ground, tearing Sims' shirt from his body. A foot pursuit ensued through the hills. Deputies brought in the Highway Patrol and St.Clair Township K-9 unit, but they were unable to track Sims.
Haueter said deputies learned Sims reportedly stopped at a woman's house on Boyd Road, asking to use the telephone and using the story he had wrecked his four-wheeler. He was wearing only his boxer shorts and tennis shoes.
A reward is now being offered by the U.S. Marshal's office in Youngstown for information leading to the apprehension of Sims. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's department, 424-7255, or the marshal's office. Besides Oakridge Road, Sims has been known to have multiple addresses in East Liverpool and to spend time in West Virginia.
Haueter said deputies did take into custody Sims' 17-year-old girlfriend, who was also in the camper. She is in Tobin Center accused of harboring a fugitive.