Pokemon player cited for threats

WARREN — A man who called police, complaining that several church members asked him to leave the Brier Street SE property, was arrested on a charge of aggravated menacing after those same members stated the man threatened to burn down the church.

Daniel Connelly, 20, of Brier Street SE, posted 10 percent of a $1,500 bond after being arraigned Thursday on an aggravated menacing charge. At Thursday’s arraignment in Warren Municipal Court, Connelly was ordered not to contact a 74-year-old church member and to stay away from Friendship Baptist Church.

Connelly is scheduled for an Aug. 29 hearing before municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak.

Officers responded to the church about 7 p.m. Wednesday while services were going on inside. The man who called, identified as Connelly, became upset when he was playing a game of Pokemon Go in the parking lot and was told by one church member to leave the property. The church member watches cars in the parking lot while a service is going on, the report states.

Another church member told officers that the man had threatened to burn the church down, a statement that was corroborated by three other members, the report states. At that point, Connelly was charged and handcuffed without incident.

Connelly was released from Trumbull County jail at 1:41 p.m. Thursday, records show.


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