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Austintown police arrest machete wielding man suspected of assaulting a child

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AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -

A man at the center of a standoff in Austintown is spending the long holiday weekend in the Mahoning County jail.

31-year-old John Andrei Jr., is charged with felonious assault, domestic violence, and inducing panic.

Police tell 21 News they became aware of the situation late Thursday when Heather Andrei had called them from St. Elizabeth Emergency Center in Austintown, saying that her 4-year-old son had been assaulted by his step-father.  The investigating officer says the boy  had several bruises on his face, arm, neck, back and leg.

When police arrived at the home on the 6900 block of Kirk Road, they say they found found an empty rifle case and John Andrei junior brandishing a machete.

"They believed that he acquired that weapon and retreated back.. So the officers retreated, and basically attempted to negotiate his release without any further issue.", said Austintown Police Lt. Tom Collins.

It took until almost 3:00 a.m., but Andrei was eventually arrested.

Police blocked off roads in the area until the siege was over.

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