Sentence suspended, but school janitor fined for cutting teen's brakes

Sentence suspended, but school janitor fined for cutting teen's brakes

PERRY TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - A school employee has been fined $250 and ordered to pay $830 in restitution after pleading no contest in court Monday.

David Patron was employed as a janitor at Edison Middle School when he cut brake lines on a student's vehicle because of a feud between family members.

Back in April, Perry Township Police received a report from a teen claiming his vehicle's brake lines had been cut.

The victim, a Perry High School student, discovered this issue as he was driving home from school. While driving, the teen says his brake light turned on, indicating there was a mechanical problem with the braking system. The victim had to slam on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. He was fortunate to notice the malfunction in time and safely stop his vehicle.

Upon investigation, a suspect was quickly identified: Patron, a janitor in the Perry Local School District.

Police arrested the 49-year-old Canton man, and booked him into the Stark County Jail. He was charged with one count of criminal damage-endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor. 

During the investigation, police learned there was an incident involving family members of Patron and the victim. Investigation revealed the brake lines were cut on school property, while the victim was in class.

Marty Bowe, superintendent of Perry Local Schools, released the following statement:

"The Perry Local Schools have been cooperating with the Perry Police Department throughout this investigation and will continue to do so.  Mr Patron has been suspended pending the outcome of this incident."

In addition to the fine, Patron was sentenced to 180 days in jail. All but 33 days of the jail term were suspended. 30 days will be served on house arrest and he will serve the other 3 starting August 9. He must also do 100 hours of community service and have no contact with Perry local schools.

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