In order to dispel rumors and provide information to the public about an incident that occurred at the Crestwood High School on Saturday, January 20th, we would like to provide the following information:
On January 20th, Lieutenant Justus observed a female entering the Crestwood High School that had an outstanding warrant out of Geauga County. The female entered the High School and went onto the stage area to watch the wrestling competitions that were taking place. Lt. Justus entered the school, located the female, and asked her to step outside so that she could be arrested for the warrant, and would be away from the crowd, so as to be as discreet as possible.
The female’s boyfriend then blocked Lt. Justus, and prevented him from arresting the female. The male then encouraged the female to leave the school and flee from Lt. Justus. After multiple verbal warnings to the male, the male continued to prevent Lt. Justus from arresting the female. The male was argumentative and belligerent with Lt. Justus, thus escalating the situation.
The male was told that he would be arrested for Obstructing Justice multiple times, but, he continued to argue. Lt. Justus escorted the male to the front lobby of the high school, away from the majority of the crowd, and then told him that he was under arrest for his actions. The male refused to comply with Lt. Justus's verbal commands several times. Lt. Justus then used his non-lethal, orange pepper spray device to order the male to comply. The male was arrested and charged with Obstructing Justice.
Due to the male's actions, the female fled the building during the incident and a warrant for Fleeing and Eluding will be issued for the female. Again, at no time, was a firearm drawn by Lt. Justus during this incident.
Due to this still being an open case, there are several details that I cannot share and discuss at this time. Thank You for your understanding and patience.