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Published: Thursday, 2/26/2009

Toledo police officer assaulted at downtown restaurant

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A Toledo police officer was assaulted Thursday afternoon while trying to arrest a disorderly man at the City Grill in downtown, police said.

Officer Pam Kujawa, who was punched on the head and blacked out briefly, was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, said Sgt. Phil Toney.

Officer Kujawa was at the bus stop on corner of Huron and Jackson streets when a call about a disturbance at the restaurant at 421 North Huron St. was dispatched, Sergeant Toney said.

A man identified by police as Robert Simpson is led to a police van after allegedly assaulting Toledo police officer Pam Kujawa during an altercation in the City Grill on Huron St. A man identified by police as Robert Simpson is led to a police van after allegedly assaulting Toledo police officer Pam Kujawa during an altercation in the City Grill on Huron St.
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When she arrived, the suspect was pushing the restaurant s manager. The officer asked the man to leave, but he refused, the sergeant said.

Officer Kujawa had the suspect up against the wall, ready to handcuff him, when he turned around, and punched her, Sergeant Toney said.

She was knocked to the ground, where the man continued to assault her. Sergeant Toney said the officer tried unsuccessfully to subdue the man with a Taser.

City Grill employees held the man down until more officers arrived. Police charged Robert Simpson, 37, of 626 Bronson Ave., with felonious assault on a police officer. He was being held without bond in the Lucas County jail.



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