Officer punches suspect after tussle, high-speed chase

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO) Sandusky police’s very own “Pitbull” punched a suspect in the face Friday in the 1300 block of Franklin St. to end a foot chase, according to a report.
Emil Whitis
Sep 26, 2012

 

“They call me the pitbull around here,” Sandusky police Officer Sean Orman can be heard saying to suspect Juan Recio Jr. on cruiser video.

“Well you sure bit the (expletive) out of me,” Recio replies.

“No hard feelings. I just couldn’t see what you had in your hands,” Orman then says. “I got to do, what I got to do.”

*See other video of the arrest here
*Get Sunday's Register for the editorial Viewpoint on the arrest. For an excerpt click here.  

After reading the report and watching the video on Tuesday, Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang said he’s setting up a meeting with Sandusky police Officer Sean Orman and Sandusky police assistant Chief John Orzech today to discuss the action.

“This is not our normal procedure to strike someone with your hand or fist,” Lang said. “That’s not a good practice.”
 

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.

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Sit n Spin

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czechurself

As an officer, I wouldn't call it good practice, and I wouldn't make it a habit for your own best interest. But then in best of interest of the suspect, when the officer says stop, stop. When he says get down, get down and stay down. This guy got lucky, really. I'd rather take a punch to the face than to be hit with a baton, taser or bullet any day.
Pitbull though? lol.

OnlyfoolsAssume

Hey SR! Must have forgot the part where Juan leads Orman on a highspeed chase across the entire city, then jumps out of his car runs, attempts to fight Orman, refuses to show his hands. Now lets think here for one second he's run twice what are the odds he could have a weapon, pretty good. Due to all the circumstances he was 100% justified in striking Juan so how bout you add the rest of the story instead of this biased crap. If Orman didn't go home to his family because he stood around and let Juan do whatever the hell he wanted then what!? I'll be waiting for your intelligent response from behind your desk which by the way is the only place you'll ever be because you couldn't cut it on the streets for a day doing the job the men you constantly bash on here do

entitled to my ...

I have been trying to point out that the SR NEVER prints BOTH sides to any story concerning the SPD! And the sad part is-most of the people who read the paper BELIEVE everything that is written!!!!

czechurself

The SR printed all the details regarding this arrest in the printed version the other day.

been-there-done-that

Amen Brother!!!!!!!!

lugnut2511

**Looks up** Must be pitbull himself defending his actions? lol

OnlyfoolsAssume

Nah no clue who Orman is, I'm not even from Sandusky. I just defend whats right if the dude got punched in the face for no reason I'd agree with the newspaper

czechurself

The SR printed the full details of the arrest in the printed version the other day.

entitled to my ...

That was the OTHER day-NOT TODAY!

entitled to my ...

That was the OTHER DAY-NOT TODAY! I, for one, never read the details of the arrest the OTHER DAY!

czechurself

You can get TODAYs paper and read the details on this arrest and other incidents involving Orman.

been-there-done-that

No reason?????????

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shbamn1

Go ahead PUNK make my day........We need more Dirty Harrys, less crime.

OnlyfoolsAssume

I know, that how's I heard about this I was in Sandusky visiting my parents. They should have put that online with this that way everyone knows the full story. Was hitting him the brightest idea eh...but when you've already missed with your taser and you have no other options and he might have a weapon what do you do? you can't just shoot him.

czechurself

This is what I like to call the Cliffs Notes version. :)

Cracked Cherry

Don't run and don't get beat down.

deertracker

It's what they do people. It's called police work.

Cityslicker

Awww, a poor pillar of society got punched by dat mean ole cop. Nice job Officer Orman. I would expect the same from you if I acted like him. This town needs more like you. Stay strong and safe.

been-there-done-that

Agreeed!!!!

been-there-done-that

Tussle??? I am sure the paper will describe this as a police beating some time soon. Only a "tussle" for the perps part though? SOS Register

lor70

Why is it that the SR is so quick to put the names of LE before they are found guilty, but the creeps that beat up the innocent 4 month old get their names kept out of the paper? Ok, maybe not a smart move, but this thug had to be chased down!! He kind of got what he had coming to him! There is always consequences for our actions...LOL...this one got punched! All I can say to the officer is...YOU GO BOY!!!

PerkinsFootballMom

Id of hit him twice for good measure!

ladydye_5

Would everyone rather the cop SHOOT him? Maybe he should have just listened and STOPPED. When you run from the cops, you get what you get. He made that choice to run. Be glad he wasnt shot

been-there-done-that

Agreed!! Most of these Posts and the Register want to continually rehash and keep finding every "small" mistake these men and woman make while risking their lives to keep us safe. For the first time in history one of them gave his life serving the city he loved and all this city can do is constantly bring the SPD down thanks to the good ol Sandusky Register.A local LEO just gave his life in a car crash.Think that article was buried in the back of the paper? If that LEO would have done something wrong instead of perishing bet that article would of been Front Page in the register!

blueyedgrl1030

Some of you people on here are incredulous-in my opinion on this its more the matter that officer Orman made it sound like he was bragging and was proud of his actions-hence him having to tell Jaun "They call me pitbull". Punching him- well I cant necessarily wholeheartedly defend officer Ormans actions but not being in the situation myself I'm not going to berate his actions either. Rather like I said in my opinion officer Ormans meeting with the higher ups will more than likely be a kind reminder more than likely of "Do what you have to do but for gods sake DONT be so stupid to broadcast it on camera and place us under liability by doing so!" Its all about politics people-SPD is already under pressure for the mishandling of the Clinton case and the Logan Wilson case-they SURELY dont need the possible negative publicity of officer Orman calling himself "the appointed department pitbull"! I will say this tho also-makes me wonder how many other officers use possible excessive force and get away with it-because Ill GAURANTEE you it DOES go on in that department more than any of you "good citizens" want to believe and its mostly always found to be "for just cause" and swept under the rug. With all the crap that has gone on down at that department over the last couple of yrs it would definately seem some of those officers truly believe they have the attitude that they are above the law themselves and feel they can get away with more than you or I and that in itself is the UNEXCUSABLE PART

perkinsandlynn

Why would the Register even post this? They are trying to make a hero look bad. Would Westerhold rather see the criminal go free? Westerhold really knows how to make this paper look bad in the eyes of the normal law-abiding public.

been-there-done-that

Agreeed!!!!

MrSandusky

Dear SR and Matt Westerhold,
Thank you for educating the public on the heroic actions of Officer Orman. If I was Ms. Ard I would have a parade in his honor. More of our officers should do their job this well. Citizens of Sandusky, be sure to congratulate Officer Orman when you see him, we need more guys like this on the streets so the evil doers think twice before they tear this city apart any more than they already have.

richrs

I see Lang is shooting his regular and bad outhing his men. I at one time thought he would be a good choice for chief. I guess there is a reason why he never rose that high here in Perkins and the jobs he had command responsibility at he was not in charge of more than a handful of men. Since he has taken over crime has went through the roof, and I am sure morale is down with the troops.

Kimo

What would George Zimmerman do???

Gunner10

Im just saying... the guy in the back of the police cruiser that officer Orman sniffed out looks to be an African American, if you noticed the paper from the other day, there were two suspects, one white and one black. The guy in the back of Ormans car is not Recio, the guy whos face was on the front page of the paper....am I the only one who noticed this? Good one Register! You owe that officer an apology!!

czechurself

Gunner, the guy in the cruiser is Donte Dunston then and he was a passenger in the car if you read the report that Orman wrote. Orman reported he hit Reico in the face. My question is did Orman misidentify the men or did both men take a hit to the face?

TuffNutts2011

Nice Work Officer Orman. Those junkies could have killed someone. Get them to the jail where they belong. Keep up the good work. The citizens of this city will have your back.

wiredmama222

Oh, NOW we hear something from LANG? Wow, did we hear from him the entire time this thing with the murder was going on? Not one word. We heard from his lt. But have an officer questioned for doing his job and wow....he speaks! And in the negative. How about that for backing your boys!!! Yeah, right! Listen, the SR had that girl on BTL when NO ONE could question her and I had a FIT. That is why I went on BTL. Westerhold and I got into it over that one. I defended the police then and I am now. Orman is a real cop. He is after the bad guys. Shame on the SR again. Don't diss them out for doing their jobs and DON"T make them look like a bunch of bad guys when they are out GETTING the bad guys.

The City of Sandusky needs more cops like this one. They need guys who will NOT take any more "stuff" from these thugs who think they run this town. Its time they knew that STOP means STOP not maybe stop.

These two idiots ran their car, then on foot and kept going. So this thug got punched. Who cares what the thug got from this cop. He's lucky it wasn't a bullet. Darn lucky. Just like that little mouth thing was lucky she didn't get a punch to the face the nigh she got arrested. It's time the mouthy and the runners learned you cannot DISRESPECT THE COPS.

When that lesson is learned this town will get back to being less threatened and less in fear for its safety. If it takes a few punches in the face to a few thugs......so be it.

If Ms Ard and the Chief of police can't stand up for their officers on this, then replace the both of THEM. And the NAACP can just live with it. Perhaps they need to understand that as well. Let THEM teach the word STOP to their people and stop crying foul so loudly. Because you know that is what they fear... I don't.

ReallyGood

Well said. He is an amazing police officer and he should be praised. We need more cops like him. I feel very safe knowing he is SPD

wiredmama222

Thanks. I have a real problem with the SR dissing out the cops all the time. This time it goes a little too far and if the Chief and Ms Ard do anything to him they may have a problem at the office with protestors as the city is getting sick of it too.
FINALLY an officer stands up to the thugs and its a put down by the chief? Oh, come on now. That is just bull feathers.

safecracker2

Well said, mama. The SR is so one-sided when it comes to the police. Ask around town, many people will tell you they only believe half of what the SR reports. On that note, if the cops were wrong, then they are wrong. But if they're right, they're right. If these "alleged" criminals were threatening my family, or putting them in harms way, then I expect the cops to take whatever force is necessary to put it to an end based on the circumstance. Mr. Lang, please come out from behind your desk. The type of criminals and crimes have changed drastically. I only hope that the next Chief they choose up for the challenge.

wiredmama222

Thanks. I am sick of seeing them getting kicks and slapped all the time. For once we need to applaud them. As for Orman...nice work, fella.

czechurself

So, since the video shows Donte Dunston in the cruiser- I am confused. Did Officer Orman write the wrong info in his official report or did both men take a hit to the face? The report says he hit the driver, Juan Reico, but in the audio he can be heard telling Donte that he had to hit him because he couldnt see his hands and Dunston acknowledges he was hit hard.

ReallyGood

I hope Officer Orman knows that more people are supporting him rather than against him. He is actually one of the best officers SPD has. I would trust him with my life and if there was ever a moment where quick thinking and fast action was needed...Officer Orman would make the best judgement call. Best of luck to you Sean! YOU are a hero!

myopinion34

Way to go sean! Im glad there r so many readers showing their support for this officer! What alot people do not understand is that it IS life or death when working the streets and protecting and serving the citizens....another thing that is probably hard to comprehend unless one has been in these pursuits and "scuffles" is the amount of adrenaline that is racing thru ur body and not knowing if ur going to be ambushed and/or shot....esp when there is more than one suspect involved. In my opinion, this officer did an amazing job pursuing and apprehending the suspect(s). Kudos to u, Orman! Keep up the good work!

OnlyfoolsAssume

Orman only struck Juan Recio according to his report. That is not Recio in his car. As you can hear on the video Orman said I smelled you cause of your cologne thats why they call me the pitbull because I can sniff people out. And the guy in the back says you sure sniffed me out. The article is entirely wrong. Good job SR for completely jacking that up.

OnlyfoolsAssume

Czech, Orman did not misidentify anyone the SR screwed up and somehow confused Donte for Jaun...they are brilliant

ReallyGood

Whaaaaaaaaaat?????? The SR printed inaccurate information? Say it ain't so?!

wiredmama222

Oh, that figures....wrong guy with the sound bite Good job SR, try to get your sound bite and photo together...YOU HAVE THE WRONG GUY WITH THE WRONG SOUND>>>>>FIX IT.

ReallyGood

Quick question...do we know why the guy lead Officer Orman on a chase? Drugs? Weapons? Warrants? Does he have a lengthy criminal history?? Anything with assualt on a police officer before this? Or known weapons charges??

Julie R.

I can see why a cop would get angry about some of these low-lifes out there but the fact of the matter is --- a cop can not hit anybody. Take for example the guy that got kicked in the head for leading police on a high-speed chase on the wrong side of the highway. I would have been tempted to kick the idiot in the head, too, but had that guy died from the kick in the head, guess what?

czechurself

The report that Orman wrote himself says that he hit the driver (and later identified him as Reico). The audio states that Orman took some type of action against the passenger, Dunston, because he couldn't see what was in his hands. SR may have misidentified the man in the video, but were both men hit?

OnlyfoolsAssume

No the passenger was hiding in a yard he came out willingly

czechurself

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jes1413

Anyone else notice the two races involved here? The man Orman punched is NOT the man in this car. Listen to the tape, he is talking about being a pitbull because he can SMELL. Sandusky Register should be ASHAMED for publishing an article like this. Lets check here, who broke the law? And the tussle, anyone else notice that Orman and Juan come into the video already fighting? Any possibility they were fighting BEFORE the cruiser with the camera pulled up? I'd like to thank EVERY officer in both of these videos for doing a job most wouldn't.

jes1413

Anyone else notice the two races involved here? The man Orman punched is NOT the man in this car. Listen to the tape, he is talking about being a pitbull because he can SMELL. Sandusky Register should be ASHAMED for publishing an article like this. Lets check here, who broke the law? And the tussle, anyone else notice that Orman and Juan come into the video already fighting? Any possibility they were fighting BEFORE the cruiser with the camera pulled up? I'd like to thank EVERY officer in both of these videos for doing a job most wouldn't.

wiredmama222

Wasn't it reported that the police saw then throw "white balls" from the car window during the pursuate? Gee, wonder if they thought the cops might find those and hold them reponsible for them should they get caught. I wonder how many phone calls they made during the persuate to have them picked up by their friends before the cops could find them? Just saying.

he said she said

Hello
IMO all officers should have with them a dog.... I bet the guys that run will stop and think before they do it again when a real pit bull is on their a$$...I have one that will do the job with just a command

seenocolor

IMO I think all officers of the law should have a dog with them. I think someone running from the police would think twice if they knew a real pit bull was running after their a$$. I have one that will give a good chase with just a command....

Julie R.

Kim Nuesse has to be thanking God every second of the day that she's out of the city of Sandusky. I'll bet if the truth were known, Chief Lang is counting down the days until he's out of there, too.

Julie R.

Some of you commenters on here are a joke. You applaud the SPD for roughing up a couple of thugs --- like that is really going to solve all the problems in Sandusky or something --- yet you ignore the fact that the SPD, the sheriff's department and the prosecutor's office all dropped the ball big time when it came to Curtis Clinton.

jes1413

@Julie R. Just a little clue on how things work, the officers don't get to choose when a person who has committed rape is arrested and charged. In this case, the officers didn't drop the ball, those pressing charges did. I imagine chief Lang gets to help make that call. These officers did a terrific job. What they did is not going to solve all the problems Sandusky has, but it stopped Sandusky from adding a "drunk man kills women on her way to work while driving recklessly" to its record.

Julie R.

Sorry, but I still think they ALL dropped the ball when it came to Clinton.

queenjhb

Dont run from cops, dont put others in harms way with your idiot gangsta actions, THINK- its not all about you, you selfish a$$.