Man faces gun, child endangering charges

WARREN — A Warren man licensed to carry a concealed weapon faces a gun-related charge because he didn’t tell police he was carrying the .45-caliber handgun when was stopped Sunday, according to a police report.

Joshua E. Harrold, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday in Warren Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of failing to notify police he was a permitted CCW holder and to a second misdemeanor, child endangering that stems from police finding a small child alone in a running car.

Just before 10 a.m. at the Hampshire House apartment complex on Fifth Street SW, off-duty police working security found the child in the back seat and waited about two minutes for a man to come to the vehicle. He told police he forgot his phone, so he left her in the car to retrieve it, the report states.

The man “stated that it was no big deal, and did not understand why we were even stopping him,” the report states.

The report states police explained leaving the child, the man’s daughter, in the car was child endangering and it is illegal to leave a car running unattended.

“I was more concerned at this point because as I tried to stress how dangerous his action could be, he continued to downplay …,” officer Trevor Sumption wrote in the report.

Police learned the man was an active CCW permit holder and when asked if he was carrying a gun, he said he was and “patted his right hip,” the report states. The man told police he didn’t have a chance to tell them about the weapon because they were talking about the child being left alone in the vehicle.

Harrold, 1247 Fifth St. SW, who was freed Sunday from the Trumbull County Jail, is due back in court March 20.

He was also cited with unattended vehicle, to which he also pleaded not guilty, according to court records.