Police capture Girard man after 2 chases
One man had stolen items in his possession, police said.
By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
GIRARD -- A city man wanted for a parole violation managed to escape capture in one local community only to be chased down a short time later after police say he broke into a North Stewart Street home.
According to police reports, Liberty Township officers attempted to stop a 1984 Plymouth Reliant driven by Jeffrey Rini, 44, of East Kline Street, early Thursday. Rini is listed as a fugitive from justice on a parole violation.
Reports say Rini refused to stop the car, eventually jumping out of it and running in the Powder Mill Run area. Officers were unable to catch him at that time, but later spoke to Rini's roommate, Donald Zuppo.
Girard Police Detective Greg Manente said he and officers with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force set up surveillance on the East Kline Street address after learning Rini would be returning to the apartment.
Manente said officers stopped a car driven by Zuppo with Rini in the passenger seat. He said Rini again tried to outrun officers, throwing a T-shirt wrapped around various items in the process, but he was quickly captured by officers. The T-shirt, he said, contained items taken from a house burglary on North Stewart Street on Wednesday, police reported.
Rini is charged with felony parole violation and receiving stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments.
Rini was released from prison in November 2006 after serving three years for burglary. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Girard Municipal Court today.
Zuppo is charged with felony obstructing justice. He also is scheduled to be rraigned in municipal court today.