Suspect arrested in Girard assault case, wife arrested too

The suspect was found on Second Street in Niles.

James Mrofchak was arrested for assault in Niles, Ohio.

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Girard man accused of trying to sell his wife to buy drugs is behind bars after an officer on routine patrol spotted him in a driveway Tuesday morning.

Girard police confirmed that James Mrofchak, 44, was arrested at a home on Second Street. His wife, Jacqueline Mrofchak, was also arrested and charged with obstruction for attempting to prevent officers from taking her husband into custody.

James Mrofchak was wanted on a felony domestic violence charge. Police were called December 20 to the area of W. Second Street, where police say Mrofchak assaulted his wife and attempted to sell her for crack.

Police noted in the report that the woman had blood, scratches and swelling on her face.

Jacqueline Mrofchak said James Mrofchak wanted to sell her for drugs, and when she refused, he hit her several times, bound her hands behind her back and attempted to take photographs of her to use to solicit her, according to a police report.

She told police that she broke free as Mrofchak attempted to take her to a dealer in Youngstown to be sold.

“We’ve been looking for him ever since. We have gotten calls that he would be here or there. We’ve checked everything out, passed it on to the appropriate agencies when he’s not in the City of Girard, but first time we’ve been able to actually see him physically and take him into custody,” said Girard Police Capt. John Norman.

James Mrofchak also had warrants out of Pennsylvania and Youngstown. He is set to appear in court on Wednesday morning.

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