RAVENNA -- Following a second hearing to determine his competency to stand trial in the case, an Aurora man who allegedly struck a police sergeant in the head with a tire iron in May 2016 is once again facing felony assault charges.
The Portage County prosecutor's office last week offered Brandon J. Bayless, 27, the chance to plead guilty to a charge of felonious assault on a law enforcement officer, a first-degree felony, for the alleged May 1, 2016, assault on two Aurora officers during a disturbance at Bayless' East Boulevard home.
Assistant Prosecutor Eugene Muldowney made the offer in open court, noting that Bayless was found competent to stand trial at a hearing in March. Bayless' public defender, David Sed, told Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman he needed to talk to his client about the offer. "We'll see what we can do," he said.
Two grand jury indictments handed up in May and June 2016 also charge Bayless with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, both fourth-degree felonies, and one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Aurora officers were called to Bayless' residence after he and a juvenile neighbor got into an argument. After entering Bayless' home, a sergeant who responded allegedly was struck in the head with a tire iron. He fired a shot from his service weapon, but no one was struck and officers used a Taser device to subdue and arrest Bayless.
A second officer was bitten by a dog during the incident, and both the officers were treated for injuries at a nearby hospital.
Bayless was treated at at a hospital prior to his arrest. Later, after charges were filed, he was admitted to a behavioral health care facility in Summit County for further treatment.
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