By Katie Byard
Beacon Journal staff writer
Brimfield Township police on Sunday morning apprehended a 49-year-old Stow man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a woman at knife point Friday.
Brimfield police officer Russ Diehl said police pursued Filip Konstantinovich’s car after it exited the Brimfield Walmart off Tallmadge Road and took the Stow man into custody after he crashed into a utility pole on Mogadore Road, south of Howe Road.
Stow police arrived on the scene and took Konstantinovich into custody before noon, Diehl said.
Diehl said he and Brimfield officer Crystal Casterline received a tip via a Brimfield dispatcher that Konstantinovich was at the Walmart.
Someone working at a bank inside the Walmart apparently had spotted Konstantinovich standing in a customer service line near the bank and called Brimfield police, Diehl said.
Warrants had been issued Friday for Konstantinovich’s arrest after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s house and sexually assaulted her Friday morning. He was charged with rape and kidnapping. The 24-year-old victim told Stow police Friday she did not know Konstantinovich.
On Sunday, Diehl stepped outside the Walmart after failing to find Konstantinovich and saw a silver Ford Taurus that fit the description of Konstantinovich’s car speeding out of the parking lot. Diehl, Casterline and officers from nearby Tallmadge Police Department pursued the car. After the car crashed into the utility pole, a Tallmadge officer broke the driver’s side window of the car to get ahold of Konstantinovich. Officers then removed him from the passenger’s side. He did not resist, Diehl said.
“Everybody worked together seamlessly,” Diehl said. “It was textbook. It was a good clean pursuit. We all worked together really well.”
Konstantinovich was to be transported to the Summit County Jail, where he will be held until a video arraignment at 11 a.m. today through Stow Municipal Court.