Man arrested for tire-iron attack

A Sandusky man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly beating a man with a tire iron and dousing a group of people with mace, police said.
Courtney Astolfi
Mar 24, 2014
Dan Vaccaro, 37, 800 block Central Ave., was charged with persistent disorderly conduct.

Sandusky police officers rushed to the 700 block of Fox Street Saturday at about 9 p.m. after someone reportedly saw a man striking others with a pipe there, according to a police report.

When officers arrived, they learned Vaccaro and his wife were separated, and Vaccaro had allegedly assaulted her recent boyfriend, the report said.

The boyfriend and woman had ended their relationship Saturday afternoon, and when he later went to the woman’s house to confirm they’d broken up, he instead found Vaccaro there.

The woman’s sister and two other friends then responded to the home and an argument ensued. During the fight, Vaccaro allegedy whipped out a can of mace and began coating the room.

When the group went to a nearby home to flush the mace from their eyes, Vaccaro followed in his vehicle. He allegedly emerged from his car with a tire iron in hand and began swinging.

He landed a blow to the boyfriend’s head and face before the others subdued him and retrieved the tire iron, the report said.

The woman’s sister also alleged Vaccaro tried to run her over with a car earlier this week in Perkins Township, claiming hersister’s nonchalant attitude about that incident is what spurred the Saturday argument.

Vaccaro, meanwhile, said the group tried to pull him from his vehicle, prompting him to use the iron in selfdefense.

The boyfriend did not want to pursue assault charges, so Vaccaro was charged with disorderly conduct and released at the scene.

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