Montville Township Police Lt. Matthew Neil said that he said what he could to appeal to William Howard Taylor II, who had been on the run for almost a day after being accused Friday of domestic violence.
“I told him it would be better if he turned himself in,” Neil said Tuesday.
Taylor, 46, listened to the officer and turned himself in at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.
“I reached out to the gentleman,” Neil said. “I talked to him for 35 minutes. He was already scared.”
Taylor, whose last known address was the 6800 block of Wooster Pike, Montville Township, remained in Medina County Jail on Tuesday afternoon on a $35,000 bond.
He is facing charges by Montville police of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. The reason the domestic violence is a felony, Neil said, is because Taylor has a prior domestic violence charge. Taylor has spent many years in prison and has violent tendencies, according to police. He is a registered sexual offender, according to the sheriff’s office.
Taylor has a bench trial scheduled on the aggravated menacing charge for 10:10 a.m. Jan. 2.
Medina police have also charged Taylor with fleeing and eluding, a first-degree misdemeanor. His preliminary hearing is 10:30 a.m. Dec. 26.
Neil said he was happy Taylor turned himself in. He’s glad no police officers, citizens or even Taylor were injured in the pursuit.
The lieutenant said he received a call about a domestic violence case about 2 a.m. Friday. Taylor, though, left before he could be arrested, Neil said.
His 2004 silver Chrysler Town and Country minivan, was spotted on two separate occasions Friday by neighboring police departments. Both times Taylor eluded police.
Those departments elected not to pursue for the safety of motorists, a news release said.