LORAIN — A domestic violence call around 4:50 a.m. Sunday led to a fight and arrests, police said.
Sly Worthy and Cherish Hess were arrested outside their home in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue. A child in the home told a police dispatcher that Worthy had hit Hess, according to an incident report. After about an hour of officers trying to get in the home, they said Worthy charged out of the front door and refused to get down on the ground.
Officer Andrew Mathewson wrote that he had to strike Worthy twice on the top of his head with the butt of his semiautomatic pistol to subdue and handcuff Worthy, who was wanted on a felony warrant. As Worthy was being handcuffed, Mathewson said Hess slapped Mathewson and Officer Zachary Ferenez. “I felt extremely threatened by not only Worthy’s actions and resistance, but Hess’s as well,” Mathewson wrote.
Mathewson said he punched Hess in the face or upper chest with his flashlight, causing her to fall back into the house through the front door, which one of the children in the home then closed. Hess, who Mathewson said had no visible injuries from being punched, was then handcuffed. Hess said she and Worthy — who police said both smelled of alcohol — had argued, but Worthy did not hit her.
Worthy, 34, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Hess, 36, was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer and single counts of resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Both were being held without bond Sunday and are due in Lorain Municipal Court today.