Suspect in hit-and-run crash that killed Mentor police officer ordered held without bond

MENTOR, Ohio -- The officer killed in a hit-skip on Sunday has been identified as Officer Mathew Mazany, a 14-year veteran of the Mentor Police Department.

Officials say Mazany, 41, was hit by a Jeep while helping with a traffic stop on the side of Route 2 around 1 a.m. Sunday. The driver of the Jeep didn’t stop and fled the scene. Mazany was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mazany has a son.

The suspect has been identified as Brian Anthony, 24, of Kirtland.  He was arrested after investigators found the Jeep involved in the hit-skip at Mentor Lagoons Marina a few hours after the incident.

Anthony faces charges of tampering with evidence and leaving the scene of an accident. He was arraigned Monday morning and pleaded not guilty.  The judge ordered that he be held without bond.

Brian Anthony

In the meantime, a Mentor police vehicle has been transformed into a memorial.

The vehicle is located in front of the police station. So many people had been bringing items to the police station since the death was announced, and some of them started to put them around the cruiser.

For much more, see the blog below.

Continuing coverage. 

Darcie Loreno June 25, 201811:00 am

Arraignment of suspect will be today at 11:45 a.m.

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The city is working on setting up a fund to provide assistance to the officer’s family.

Darcie Loreno June 25, 201811:02 am

The officer has been identified as Mathew Mazany

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After he was hit, Mazany was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

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He is a recipient of the department’s exceptional service award

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He was born in Maple Heights, where his father also served as a police officer. It was his ambition from childhood to become a police officer. 

Darcie Loreno June 25, 201811:06 am

Police Chief Kevin Knight: The suspect was stopped for an equipment violation. Officer Mazany arrived to provide assistance during the stop after it was determined a passenger in the car had a warrant. Mazany was then hit by a dark-colored car. He dies at the hospital.

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Knight: After putting info on social media regarding the vehicle, police received a call from a citizen regarding a damaged car parked at Mentor Lagoons Marina. 

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Knight: The owner of the car said their son had the vehicle and didn’t come home the night before. 

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Knight: The suspect’s name is Brian Anthony, of Kirtland. When he was arrested, Officer Mazany’s handcuffs were used. 

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Knight: He was one of those happy-go-lucky kind of guys. He came to work, did his job, enjoyed his cigar after work…

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Knight says Anthony said he didn’t realize he’d hit something when Mazany was struck. He faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.

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Mazany was 41 and was a 14-year veteran of the department. He was also a father.

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Knight: It’s not clear if alcohol or drugs were involved. Tests are underway. 

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The press conference has concluded.