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Apartment tenant reports gunshots, but police find no evidence; revolver stolen from garage: Berea police blotter

November 23, 2018

Apartment tenant reports gunshots, but police find no evidence; revolver stolen from garage: Berea police blotter

Improper discharge of firearm report, Prospect Street: A resident at Mill Stream Run Apartments, 672 Prospect Street, called police at about 9:20 a.m. Nov. 16 and said he heard two gunshots in a neighboring apartment, although police found no evidence that shots were fired.

The resident heard the gunshots during an argument between a man and woman inside the neighboring apartment. He said the man then told the woman, “Don’t pull that gun on me,” and ordered the woman to get out. The woman complied, but banged on the resident’s door before leaving.

The apartment manager, learning of the alleged incident from the resident, called police and said the man and woman were “very unstable.” When police arrived, they entered the building behind a ballistic shield. They searched the unlocked apartment of the man and woman but found no person, firearm or discharged bullets.

The apartment manager identified the man, 56, of Columbia Station, and the woman, 62, of Berea, to police. The manager also provided their phone numbers and the woman’s license-plate number. Her car was not in the lot when police were there.

Police called the man and woman but they didn’t answer. However, police did reach the man’s mother, who said the man no longer lived with the woman. The man’s mother said he had been living with her and her husband in Columbia Station.

Police staked out Mill Stream Run Apartments, waiting for the woman to return. At about 10:50 a.m., they saw the woman and man drive into the lot. Police jumped out of their cruisers and, due to the possible gun threat, drew their weapons. They ordered the man and woman to keep their hands visible.

The man told police that he and the woman had just shopped at a grocery store and pointed to bags of groceries in the backseat. Police searched the man and woman but found no weapon. The man said neither of them owned a firearm.

The man said he was not at the woman’s apartment when the resident claimed he heard gunshots. He said the woman had picked him up that morning from his parents’ Columbia Station home. The woman said the man had asked for a ride to the library and grocery store, and that the two run several errands that day.

The man said he had lived in the woman’s apartment previously but moved out in October. But the woman said she had kicked the man out of her apartment about a year ago. She said she had been friends with the man for about three years.

The woman admitted banging on the resident’s door before leaving the apartment building that morning. She said she yelled at the resident to stop stealing belongings from her apartment.

The woman invited officers to search her apartment. Police again found no firearm. Police then noticed that the woman started speaking irrationally about unrelated events. Police did not file charges due to lack of evidence or probable cause.

Theft, Beeler Drive: A Rock Island M206 .38-caliber revolver, a drill battery, battery charger and alcohol were reported stolen at about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 from a residential garage.

The victim said he noticed the items missing about a month ago but didn’t report the theft at that time. He said he usually keeps his garage door open by about 2 inches to prevent the garage from flooding.

Disturbance, River Rock Way: A River Rock man called police at about 9:10 p.m. Nov. 16 after seeing four boys standing next to his car, which was parked in his driveway.

The man believed the boys were trying to break into his car. He chased the boys and caught one of them, later identified as an 11-year-old Berea boy. The other boys were 14, 13 and 12, police later determined.

The boys said they were not trying to break into the man’s car. They said they were “ding-dong ditching” -- ringing the doorbell, then running away -- an ex-girlfriend of one of the boys. Police told the boys that ding-dong ditching is poor behavior that can easily be mistaken for a serious crime.

Theft, East Bagley Road: A Huffy bicycle was stolen at about 7:15 p.m. Nov. 17 from outside Walgreens, 6 East Bagley.

The victim had left the bike unlocked outside the store while purchasing items inside. He said he was the store about 10 minutes.

Suspicious person, East Bagley Road: A Cleveland man, 29, was arrested at about 11:20 a.m. Nov. 15 after he was seen entering a women’s restroom in Baldwin Wallace University’s Ritter Library, 57 East Bagley.

Baldwin Wallace security determined the man was not a college student and was trespassing. Police recognized the man from previous run-ins and determined that he had violated probation related to a theft charge.

Marijuana possession, Front Street: An Olmsted Township man, 22, was cited at about 11:45 p.m. Nov. 17 after police found marijuana and two small digital scales, both of which smelled like marijuana, in his Chevrolet Cobalt.

Police had stopped the man’s car because a tinted license-plate cover obstructed the license-plate number. One of the man’s three passengers, an 18-year-old Strongsville man, was also cited because the digital scales were inside his backpack in the car.

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