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Man indicted for assault against North Royalton police officer

Pugnea faces several charges including attempted murder, felonious assault, assault and aggravated menacing.
Credit: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

A 57-year-old man was indicted Monday for the vicious attack of a North Royalton Police officer.

John Pugnea assaulted 28 year-old Alexandra Bell outside of home near Lynn Drive and York Road in August.

Bell responded to the scene for reports of man driving erratically and making threats to another driver. When questioned by Bell, Pugnea repeatedly ignored her command and began fighting with her.

He pushed her to the ground and punched her multiple times in the face while exclaiming he was going to kill her. Bell was able to free herself while an assisting officer arrested Pugnea.

Pugnea faces several charges including attempted murder, felonious assault, assault and aggravated menacing.

“Pugnea viciously assaulted a Police Officer who was simply trying to do her job,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “He will be held accountable for this violent, inexcusable attack.”

He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, September 12 at 8:30 a.m.