Woman seeking protection order attacked in Summit County courtroom, suspect tased by special deputy
WATCH video of court incident below
Bob Jones, newsnet5.com
3:53 PM, Jan 28, 2013
9:18 PM, Jan 28, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - Video from the Summit County Domestic Relations Court shows a woman who was seeking a civil protection order being attacked by her boyfriend inside a courtroom.
The victim was shoved to the floor and punched several times before the suspect was shocked with a Taser by a bailiff who is also a special deputy for the Summit County Sheriff's Department.
Inspector Bill Holland said the attack happened on the afternoon of Jan. 25 after Magistrate Tracy Stoner left the courtroom to check on warrants for Rashad Greene.
On the video, Greene appears to be agitated and is seen pounding his hands on a table. Suddenly, he jumps up from his seat and begins chasing his girlfriend around the table as chairs are knocked over.
The victim tripped and fell to the ground. Moments later, she stood up, but is almost immediately slammed back to the ground by Greene, whose grandmother is also seen on the video unsuccessfully trying to get in between the couple.
The deputy, who had seen the altercation on a video monitor outside of the courtroom, raced into the room seconds later and used his Taser to shock Greene who was still attacking the woman.
Greene remained on the ground for several minutes before he was handcuffed.
The woman was taken to Akron City Hospital with a bump and a bruise on her head and a bruise on her left arm.
During an interview on Monday, the victim said she thought she was going to be killed. NewsChannel5 is not identifying her.
"He could have choked me out. He could have took any type of object and stabbed me anywhere with it. I was just thinking of my life," she said.
The woman said she's angry that she was left in the courtroom without a security guard to protect her. She said she told the magistrate during the hearing that she feared for her life.
"I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone else. I wouldn't want anyone else to go through what I went through," she said.
Susan Tucker, community outreach director for Summit County Domestic Relations Court, said security measures will be reviewed in light of the violent attack.
"We're really looking at what happened and what we can put in place in the future to sort of safeguard everyone. This is the first time this has happened. We do thousands of hearings every year," Tucker said.
Holland said he wishes deputies could be in all courts at all times.
"The budget drives the staffing and if there's not enough staff to put someone in every courtroom," Holland said.
Greene was booked into the Summit County Jail on charges of domestic violence and contempt of court.