Officers were dispatched to the Marathon Friendly Express gas station for a man who was possibly buying tobacco for a minor.
The caller said the man was tall and wearing a baseball cap and drove a silver Audi. Officers spotted the car in the parking area and ran the vehicle’s plates through their database which came back to Cody King, 24. The vehicle pulled in front of the gas station and another man matching the caller’s description who was later identified as Steven Hidvegi, 41, got into the back seat of the car.
Officers stopped the car at 31st Street Northwest and Oak Street and identified the driver as King. They asked Hidvegi his name and he lied and said it was Frank Hidvegi. Officers noted he looked nervous and had trouble remaining still. He then revealed his real name and that he did have a warrant out.
As the officer radioed Hidvegi’s Social Security number to dispatch, he saw him reach toward the door handle. He was instructed not to run and to put his hands on the seat in front of him. He exited the vehicle and began running. Several verbal commands were made telling him to stop running. Hidvegi failed to comply and ran into the backyard of 31st Street Northwest in an attempt to escape. He was told he was going to be tased. Hidvegi began to reach for his waistband while he ran toward a shed.
The officer deployed his Taser and one probe struck him in the middle of his back and the second hit him on the lower right side of his back. The Taser was effective but Hidvegi’s momentum carried him forward onto the fence. He attempted to grab the suspect but was unable to do so because the Taser was still under power. Hidvegi slid across the fence onto the other side of it and was instructed to stop but he refused. The Taser stopped and Hidvegi was able to break the lines on it. He ran through backyards toward 30th Street. Officers canvased the area and found him hiding in a shed behind a home on 29th Street.
The Barberton Fire Department was called to check on Hidvegi because he was tased. Pictures of his back were taken and he was arrested and transported to Barberton jail. He was arrested on a bench warrant through Norton Police Department and was charged with obstructing official business and misrepresenting identity. Tobacco products were not found on him, so no charges will be pursued for buying tobacco products for a minor.
Officers asked him if he threw anything out when he was running and he said no. He said he was running because he was on drugs.