Man Charged with Forcing 11-Year-Old to Help Cut Live Wires

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A Warren man is facing charges for forcing his girlfriend’s 11-year-old son to help him cut down live telephone wires on the city’s northeast side and act as a lookout.

Timothy Woodyard, 33, of 341 Charles Ave. S.E., pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of endangering children, possessing criminal tools and petty theft at his arraignment in Warren Municipal Court.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for May 14. A judge set bond at $7,500.

Reports said Woodyard cut down several sections of copper telephone wire about seven feet off the ground in the 1200 block of South Street, the 100 block of Linden Avenue and the 100 and 200 blocks of Logan Avenue.

Reports said officers found Woodyard and the boy at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday near a pole outside 1253 South St. N.E. Officers reported when they pulled up next to the two, they started walking away.

Officers ordered Woodyard to put his hands in the air, but was pinning bolt cutters against his body, which fell to the ground. Police then ordered Woodyard to the ground.

The 11-year-old, reports said, was “standing with his hands in the air and was scared to death.”

Police said they found copper wiring from Woodyard’s and the 11-year-old’s pockets.

Officers drove the boy home. His mother told police she was unaware her son was out with Woodyard.

The boy told police Woodyard forced him to cut some of the wiring, hold the wiring and act as a lookout.

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