Following a high speed chase, Brimfield and Tallmadge police on Sunday nabbed a man wanted in the sexual assault of a neighbor in Stow after he was spotted at the Brimfield Walmart store.
Filip Konstantinovich, 49, of Stow, was wanted in the sexual assault of a neighbor, a 24-year-old woman, whom he allegedly assaulted at knifepoint in her apartment early Friday morning before fleeing.
Charged with one count each of aggravated burglary and rape, both first-degree felonies, Konstantinovich's bond was set at $500,000 at his arraignment in Stow Municipal Court on Monday. He remains in the Summit County jail, pending future court dates.
At 10:33 a.m. Sunday, Stow police received a call from an employee at the Walmart store at 250 Tallmadge Road that Konstantinovich was inside the store. He was known to be a customer of a bank inside the store, Stow police said.
Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said officers Russell Diehl and Crystal Casterline responded to the store, where they joined Tallmadge officers in searching the store and parking lot for Konstantinovich and his car. A Tallmadge police officer saw Konstantinovich in his car in the parking lot, and a chase ensued, with Konstantinovich fleeing at a high rate of speed, Oliver and Stow police said.
Konstantinovich led officers on a pursuit on Tallmadge Road, then north on Mogadore Road before he crashed into a utility pole, Oliver said.
"Officers broke out his window and removed him from the car," Oliver wrote on the department's Facebook page. Stow police said Konstantinovich was not injured and he was arrested and taken to the Stow city jail.
Konstantinovich told his alleged victim he planned to commit suicide, according to Stow police. She did not know Konstantinovich, police said.
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