Coach pleads not guilty to assault

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man charged with beating a woman outside of a bank in Boardman was in court on Tuesday.

Matthew Kuti, 25, of Youngstown appeared in Mahoning County in Boardman facing domestic violence charges, resisting arrest, OVI, and obstructing official business surrounding an altercation Saturday night with a woman he knows.

Kuti pleaded not guilty. Bond was set at $3.500.

According to police, Kuti physically assaulted a woman during an altercation that began in a vehicle they were in and then continued in front of a bank on Market Street after the woman jumped out of the car and attempted to run away.

Kuti allegedly punched the woman with an open fist and hit her head against the concrete outside of First Place Bank.

Police followed Kuti to his Helena Avenue home in Youngstown where he resisted arrest. Police set up a perimeter around his house after gaining information that Kuti may have a firearm.

Officers eventually entered the house and arrested Kuti.

Kuti was a coach with the Austintown Fitch wrestling team working under a supplemental contract that expired at the end of the season, which wrapped up last week.

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