Trial set for man accused in mobile home park assaults

Newton Township resident faces four felony charges

WARREN — A 27-year-old Newton Township man, who is facing four felony charges related to assaults in Blue Water Manor Mobile Home Park on Jan. 2, will have his trial set for early 2021.

Joshua D. Peeks, 79 Queens Drive, appeared Monday before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos and agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial for 180 days. Defendants in Ohio must be tried prior to 270 days after incarceration.

Peeks, who faces two counts each of felonious assault and aggravated burglary, is free on $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

Kontos set a trial date for Jan. 25, 2021, with Peeks to appear for a final pretrial on Dec. 7. His attorney is John Juhasz. Court records state the charges also include repeat violent offender specifications which means if Peeks if found guilty, the judge could add from one to 10 years to his prison sentence.

According to Trumbull County 911 reports, a woman called shortly after midnight on Jan. 2 saying a man hit her and she was bleeding from the head. Another friend also was passed out bleeding from the neck in the living room. The woman told 911 the man busted the door in and chased her in the mobile home. The report said a 5-year-old girl also was assaulted. The weapon was reported to be a sharp metal object with ridges on the side, the 911 report states.

The woman told 911 that Peeks was at the home earlier in the evening, but she told him to leave because he was being mean and hateful to the little girl, the report states. The woman later told dispatchers the man then sent threatening text messages to her.

After authorities set up a staging area in the front of the trailer park, Peeks was arrested after reports said he ran into a nearby wooded area.



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