GREEN, Ohio (WJW) — A man who reportedly attempted to evade authorities Wednesday morning while driving an allegedly stolen RV has been arrested, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported.
A suspicious person was reported on Greensburg Road around 10 a.m., allegedly trying to break into vehicles. When a deputy arrived on scene, an RV reportedly peeled out with doors still open and a power cord flying behind it, going at “a high rate of speed,” the sheriff’s office said. This tipped the deputy off to something suspicious, and she reportedly tried to pull the RV over.
When the driver of the RV refused to stop, other law enforcement got involved, deploying two tire deflation spikes.
The suspect kept driving, running into other vehicles, including law enforcement cars and then drove into some backyards on Briarwood Way. Once the RV got stuck, the suspect reportedly tried to flee on foot, but was soon caught by Ohio State Highway Patrol’s K-9 unit.
One homeowner tells FOX 8 she was outside mulching at the time the RV came through her backyard. She says she had to dive out of the way as the RV came to a stop.
The suspect, 24-year-old Randy Schiffbauer, was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail. No one was injured during the incident, the sheriff’s office reported.
Aaron Kyer and Justin Pawlowski are car salesmen with the Van Devere Auto Outlet on South Arlington Road who witnessed the RV barreling down the street.
“The two of us were outside just waiting on customers. We see this guy come flying down here and there are cruisers everywhere,” said Kyer.
“It wasn’t even the fact that it was a Winnebago. It was ready to go with the slides open. The electric cords were dragging on the ground,” said Pawlowski.
“He was talking on his cell phone. He was on his phone while he was running from the cops,” said Kyer.
Two years ago, the suspect Schiffbauer was arrested after police say he stole a front end loader from a construction site and drove it through the streets of Akron.