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Man accused of throwing girlfriend down stairs, barricading inside Boardman home

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A man who allegedly overdosed on the job back in 2018 is now behind bars, accused of throwing his girlfriend down the stairs and barricading himself inside a Boardman home.

Police said the victim told officers her boyfriend, 34-year-old Evan Mikulka, had assaulted her after she told him she didn't want to live with him anymore and wanted to break up.

She said he choked her, threw her to the ground, dragged her to the front door, then picked her up and threw her out of their residence and down the concrete steps outside, according to a police report.

This all happened just before 11 pm on Sunday at the home on Stratmore Avenue.

Police said when they tried to talk with Mikulka about the incident, he yelled "I'm not talking to you" and "You're not coming into my house" as he poked his head out of the door. 

Mikulka then slammed the inner door into the officer trying to place him under arrest, according to the police report.

He then fled into the home, police having to call more officers in for backup because they weren't sure if Mikulka had a weapon.

Two of the officers said they saw Mikulka pretending to try and open the door, then asked him to come out the window, according to the report.

Police said he yelled "I can't open the window" and "army crawled" into the back of the house as he saw the officers drawing their guns. 

Without any luck of getting Mikulka outside, police used a sledgehammer to break through the deadbolt latched on the front door, according to police.

Officers said once they were able to break inside, they placed Mikulka in custody and noticed a mattress placed against a window as he appeared to be barricading himself inside the home.

Officers also found the home in disarray with items strewn about the bedroom and kitchen floors.

Mikulka is charged with domestic violence, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and inducing panic. 

He was also picked up on a warrant on possession of drug abuse instruments after he allegedly went into a bathroom and injected drugs into his system while he was supposed to be helping replace a roof on a vacant house back in June of 2018 on Grover Drive. 

In that incident, police said his boss found Mikulka unconscious on the bathroom floor with an empty syringe next to him.

Mikulka is expected to be arraigned on his charges in court Tuesday. 

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