Coach charged with beating woman

Matthew Kuti

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown Fitch wrestling coach is facing domestic violence and other charges after an altercation with a woman in a Boardman parking lot.

Matthew Ryan Kuti, 25, of Youngstown, was arrested Saturday after allegedly beating up a woman outside the First Place Bank on Market Street.

Kuti was employed with the Austintown School District as a supplemental wrestling coach for the 2013-2014 wrestling season, which wrapped up last week.

According to police reports, Kuti got into a fight with a woman about 1 a.m. Saturday while in a vehicle traveling on Midlothian Boulevard. During the altercation, Kuti allegedly grabbed the female by the hair, forcing her face into the dashboard.

The victim said she jumped out of the vehicle in front of First Place Bank on Market Street and tried to run away, but Kuti chased her, knocked her down, and proceeded to punch her. A witness driving by saw the beating and yelled at Kuti to stop. Kuti then took off in a Nissan Frontier.

The victim suffered injury to her mouth and eye. She declined medical treatment at the scene and did not wish to press charges, however, police did so on her behalf.

Later, officers spotted Kuti driving past First Place Bank and began a pursuit. Officers followed Kuti to his Helena Avenue home. Once Kuti exited his vehicle, police ordered him to stop several times but he did not comply. A Boardman police officer attempted to use his Taser on Kuti, but it malfunctioned and Kuti went inside the house yelling, “Where’s your warrant, you can’t come get me,” according to the report.

The victim told police that Kuti keeps a firearm in the house and ammunition. At that time, Boardman and Youngstown police along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol established a perimeter around the home.

Officers eventually forced their way into the house and arrested Kuti. He was charged with domestic violence, OVI, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. He is currently being held in the Mahoning County Jail.

Austintown Local Schools Superintendent Vince Colaluca said Kuti’s employment expired at the end of the wrestling season. He said his employment would come under review if he applied for the position next year.

“We have to let the justice system do their job,” said Colaluca. “If he is found guilty of that, he would be eliminated from our process.”

Kuti is scheduled to appear in Mahoning County Court in Boardman on Tuesday.

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