Mayoral candidate jailed on menacing charges

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Independent mayoral candidate John Crea will be getting a court-ordered mental evaluation following his second arrest in the past month.

John Crea, 46, appeared in Youngstown Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon dressed in jail overalls and sporting a black eye. Crea was arrested Wednesday in front of City Hall after warrants were issued on Tuesday.

The non-party candidate faces three counts of aggravated menacing for reportedly threatening several people at his Midlothian Boulevard apartment building on Monday.

As Crea sat with his head down, his lawyer requested a mental evaluation, saying his client may not be competent. When asked if he understood the charges against him, Crea replied “yes” in several different languages, including French.

A month ago, Crea was arrested for blocking the doors to City Hall and allegedly ordering his dog to attack a security guard. He’s being held at the Mahoning County Jail on $15,000 bond.

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