CROSSWAEH client charged with assault

A CROSSWAEH client was charged with assault after allegedly punching another client inside the facility Friday.

Deputy Justin Nowak of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said Jessie R. Gonzalez, 27, of Plymouth, was charged with assault, was taken to Seneca County Jail and is to appear in Tiffin Municipal Court.

The sheriff’s office had received a 911 call about a disturbance at the facility about 5 p.m. Friday. Law enforcement officers found a client, Joshua J. Swick, 32, of Wooster, in a bathroom with multiple self-inflicted wounds from a razor blade, Nowak said.

A staff member was able to intervene and subdue Swick while he was harming himself, he said.

“He was actually wrestled to the ground,” he said.

Nowak said Swick, who felt he could not take constant pressure from other clients any longer, indicated he had been assaulted by another client earlier in the day. Authorities investigated the claim by conducting interviews and reviewing video footage and charged Gonzalez with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, he said.

Possible charges are pending against other clients, including Swick for his role in the altercation, he said.

Swick, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the alleged assault and from the razor blade, was taken by Tiffin EMS to Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Nowak said.

Gonzalez, who has been kicked out of CROSSWAEH, and Swick were in the facility for drug possession.

According to Oriana House’s website, Oriana House’s most restrictive programming is offered in community-based correctional facilities.

“Felony offenders are sentenced to a CBCF in lieu of state prison commitments,” it states.