Howland man pleads in assault case

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Howland man that threatened several people with a knife while they attended a soccer game this past August has accepted a plea deal for a lesser charge.

Andrew Scott, 20, pleaded to a bill of information Tuesday morning on a charge of attempted felonious assault in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He was originally indicted on a felonious assault charge for the incident that happened on Aug. 26.

Scott could spend nine to 36 months in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

According to a police report from the Aug. 26 incident, several people attending a soccer game at Howland Township Park told officers they saw Scott driving around the park at a high rate of speed. One of the witnesses said he was backing out of a parking space and sounded his horn when Scott slammed on his brakes, exited his vehicle and approached the witness’s vehicle, taunting him.

The witness asked Scott to leave several times before Scott threw a lit cigarette in his driver’s side window, the report states. A second witness tried to intervene when Scott attempted to stab him with a knife.

The second witness and another man took Scott to the ground and held him until police arrived. He told police Scott bit him on the thumb during the fight.

Scott was arrested on a charge of felonious assault and during a vehicle inventory, police found a glass smoking device with apparent marijuana residue on it, the report states.

A week before that arrest, Scott was given a verbal warning after an incident at the same park involving his dog. In that incident, Scott was at the park with his pit bull off the leash. When a woman asked him to put his dog on a leash, Scott became belligerent and threatened to sic the dog on her and her children.

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