PD: Man stalked woman at work, cops use Tasers

Posted at 12:54 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 06:06:42-05

Alliance police deployed two Tasers on a man who struggled with officers after allegedly stalking a family member while she was working at Rite-Aid.

According to police, a female family member of Jeffrey Gazda called police around 2 p.m. Tuesday, reporting that he was watching her from outside the Sawburg Road store--a violation of her 'no contact' order against him.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw Gazda drive back and forth in front of the store. 

When officers pulled him over to question him about the alleged stalking, he locked himself in the car with the windows rolled up.

Officers threatened to use a 'window punch' to shatter the window if he didn't unlock the doors. Gazda complied and got out of the car but then he started struggling with the police, authorities said.

Two of the officers deployed their Tasers to get him under control. 

He was handcuffed, taken to Alliance Community Hospital as a health precaution and then transported to the Alliance City Jail.

Gazda posted bond and was released from jail Tuesday evening but a judge increased his bond to $50,000 Wednesday on the allegation that he "engaged in a pattern of stalking." He is now being held at the Stark County Jail. 

He is charged with menacing by stalking, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.