VIENNA - What started as an investigation into a suspicious person outside a township residence on Monday led to the arrest of a man police then charged with a series of offenses ranging from criminal trespassing to heroin possession.
Vienna police are crediting the watchful eye of a "good samaritan" with the arrest of Aaron Mansour, 21, of Fowler.
Officers said they were called to a home on Sodom Hutchings Road on Monday night after a passerby spotted a man, later identified as Mansour, in a vehicle that was backed up to the garage at the residence.
According to reports, the passerby, who is familiar with the resident, asked Mansour what he was doing at the residence and he replied that he was dropping off some car parts. Skeptical, the passerby called the resident, who arrived and blocked the man in the driveway as he was trying to leave, reports state.
Officers arrived and secured Mansour in a police cruiser.
"It was a case of one thing leading to another and then another and then another," explained Vienna Township Patrolman Bob Ludt. "Basically, the person who spotted him was actually a good samaritan who was paying attention, spotted him and made the difference. Because of that, the outcome was a lot different than what it could have been."
Police also charged Mansour with attempted theft and possessing drug abuse instruments. He was arraigned late Monday in Girard Municipal Court and taken to Trumbull County Jail. His bond was set at $7,500. He is due back in municipal court at 2 p.m. Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.
Police said Mansour had several car parts in his possession identified as belonging to the resident.
Officers also had Mansour's vehicle towed from the scene and, in the process of searching it, found several syringes, including one syringe police said was loaded with suspected heroin.
"We arrived and were trying to sort everything out," Ludt said. "It ended up being an interesting case. It was quite a night."