A call about an armed man and an “officer down” on Wednesday afternoon prompted more than a dozen Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and local authorities to descend on a local stretch of the Ohio Turnpike.
Anthony Strenger, 19, of Chicago, was charged with felonious escape of custody, vandalism to state property, assault on an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and drug possession, as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession.
At about 4 p.m., a trooper from the Highway Patrol’s Milan post pulled over a vehicle driven by Kinlawyed Hendrix, 26, of Chicago, for speeding. The vehicle was driving in the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike in Berlin Heights, and it was pulled over just west of Humm Road, Highway Patrol Lt. Brett Gockstetter said. When the trooper approached the rented Chevrolet Malibu, he smelled marijuana near the car. A second trooper arrived at the scene to assist, and a search of the front-seat passenger, Strenger, yielded suspected cocaine, marijuana, and a small semi-automatic pistol tucked into his waistband, Gockstetter said.
Strenger was handcuffed, but he then began to resist arrest, and he allegedly spit on Trooper Bryan Holden. Troopers successfully led him into their cruiser, and they returned to the Malibu to continue their search. Strenger, meanwhile, managed to kick out the cruiser’s backseat window, out of which he then tumbled. Troopers ran back to the cruiser, and Strenger apparently reconsidered his approach — he tried to climb back through the window and back into the cruiser, Gockstetter said.
He then allegedly kicked and hit troopers, who held him at bay as they waited for backup to arrive. Troopers from the Milan, Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and Elyria posts converged on the scene, as did Erie County deputies and Berlin Heights police. Strenger was taken to the Erie County jail, where he remains without bond.
As of Wednesday night, Hendrix and the vehicle’s second passenger were not charged with any crimes.