Man wanted after assault

HOWLAND — A man accused of knocking on a woman’s door and declaring himself a police officer, before forcing his way in and beating her with a pair of brass knuckles, is wanted by Howland police, according to a police report and Warren Municipal Court records.

First-degree felony aggravated burglary and fourth-degree felony impersonating a police officer charges were filed Tuesday by Howland police in the court against Michael Houser, 24, 3718 Crestview Ave. SE, Warren.

Police were called shortly before 4 a.m. Nov. 5 to an apartment at 3500 Boston Ave. after a woman reported the incident.

She told police she heard a knock on her door just after 2:30 a.m. and a man saying he was the Howland police. When she opened the door, the man forced his way in and assaulted her with brass knuckles, the police report states.

The woman told police she answered the door because she thought officers were following up with her after an altercation earlier that night at Hideaway Bar in Niles.

The woman said she and another woman argued at the bar and the two know each other because they live in the same apartment complex. The woman recognized the man as a companion of the woman. The attacker said, “‘This is for my friend,'” the police report states.

The woman was beaten in her face and the back of her head and the man shattered her front window too, the report states.

She was treated at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.