Akron, Ohio

From the November 28, 2007 Akron Beacon Journal:

After several restless nights, Manfreda and his partner’s patience was rewarded.

”Six-eighteen. That’s when we heard the glass breaking at the rear door and John said: ‘It’s happening’,” Manfreda said.

Manfreda said he was amazed at how swiftly Polen made it from the broken rear door to within steps of the office.

”If I had been alone, I don’t know what I would have done,” Manfreda said.

As it was his partner pulled a gun on the intruder and yelled; ”Freeze APD,” Manfreda said.

This immediately got Polen’s attention, Manfreda said. The homeless man dropped to the ground.

Manfreda said Polen had come equipped with a crowbar, a large wrench, a hammer and a razor.

Manfreda said he was surprised when Polen, with a gun pointed at him, grabbed the crowbar and got to his feet.

”I thought he was going to run, but he didn’t. He just said ”shoot me” and start coming at us. It was like he didn’t care about life.

”We had to hit him with the hammer just enough to make him drop the crowbar. We could have shot him,” he said, ”but nobody wants to kill anybody.”

A relieved Manfreda called police. Within two minutes police arrived to take Polen off their hands.

Edwards said Polen was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

”At this time, Kevin Polen is charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools,” Edwards said.

In spite of yelling “APD” (for Akron Police Department), this was not an officer.


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