Man uses parking sign as battering ram
April 21, 2009
A man chased neighbors with an 11.5-inch knife ” and uprooted a parking sign for use as a battering ram ” at a Keystone condominium complex earlier this month when he believed someone had broken into his home.
Authorities were dispatched to the condominiums where the suspect was spotted running with a knife across the parking lot and around the building. An officer ran to confront the man and identified himself.
“(The suspect) had a large black knife in his left hand and was holding it above his head in a threatening manner. I pointed my AR-15 at (him) and ordered him to drop the knife and lay on the ground, which he complied,” according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
A search of the suspect led to discovery of a “homemade baton” made with a wooden hammer handle with a 1.25-inch socket head attached to it.
Witnesses reported the suspect chasing five people with his knife, threatening death and punching one of them in the face. One of the victims didn’t wish to press charges.
The suspect uprooted a parking sign by its pole, carried it to the third floor of the complex and tried to break down a resident’s door.
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“Someone told (the suspect) the police were coming and he carried the pole behind the building and hid it,” according to a witness account.
After hiding the pole, the suspect proceeded to chase with a knife, said the witness.
The suspect’s roommate and another witness had approached the suspect after hearing him trying to break into the unit. They confronted him and told him to stop.
The suspect ran down the stairs and pulled a knife on his roommate.
“(The suspect) didn’t say anything to them; he just stood there holding the knife in his right hand above his head,” according to a witness account.
The resident whose door was bashed with the parking sign had earlier been accused by the suspect of breaking into his unit. The suspect had punched the resident in the face, pulled out a knife and chased him, threatening to “stab” and “kill” him.
“While in the back seat of my patrol car (the suspect) told me that he wanted to ‘break into that kid(‘s) unit and stab him for breaking into (his) house,'” according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
The suspect’s criminal history includes felony conviction in a different state for possession of dangerous drugs.
He was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail on charges of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, four counts of felony menacing with a deadly weapon, attempted burglary, assault and two counts for damage caused to a door with a parking sign.
Robert Allen can be contacted
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