WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Warren man with a lengthy history of mental illness and violence posted bond and got out of jail last week only to be arrested a few days later after police said he attacked his girlfriend and a Warren police officer.
James Fudge, 24, of Warren is well-known among law enforcement in Trumbull County. His troubles began in October when police said he attacked a Warren Municipal Court bailiff at the Trumbull County Jail. One month later, he was accused of attacking a corrections officer.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Major Tom Stewart said during the November attack Fudge was hiding a talon-shaped weapon in his gown and when officers approached him, he became violent and punched one of them to the ground.
On July 2, 2014, surveillance video captured Fudge attempting to bring a hammer and a razor cutter into court. He was charged and held on $50,000 bond until his girlfriend, Megan Lentz, bailed him out.
On Sunday, Warren police responded to Lentz’s apartment on Lodwick Drive on a domestic call when Fudge struck again. This time, Fudge is accused of hitting the responding officer in the face and breaking his nose.
Lentz told police Fudge beat her, poured hot wax on her and trashed her apartment, all because he suspected she was cheating on him with a “gopher” in the park.
Law Director Greg Hicks says Fudge has known mental issues that are not being dealt with.
“As a result they are being released on our society and as a result they get involved with the criminal justice system which all that does is warehouse them for a period of time and then releases them back no better than when they got in,” said Hicks.
Hicks said Fudge is not alone, and there are many others in the Valley with the same mental problems and no place for them to go to get the long-term care they need.
Fudge is facing felonious assault and domestic violence charges. He is being held in the Trumbull County Jail without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.
Lentz also is facing disorderly conduct charges in connection to the July 2 incident where Fudge attempted to bring the hammer and razor into court. Lentz was with Fudge at the time. A pretrial in that case is scheduled for Aug. 28.