August 29, 2014

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Cleveland man allegedly threatens to use gun during Oberlin College scuffle

ELYRIA —  Police are investigating allegations a Cleveland man fought with another man outside an Oberlin College dining hall last week and threatened to get a gun from his car to “Blow all of you away,” according to a police report.

Oberlin College Safety and Security called for help from the Oberlin Police Department regarding a fight involving a man with a weapon shortly after 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Dascomb Hall, 140 W. College St.

The Cleveland man, who allegedly made the threat involving a gun, had a child with a female relative of an employee at Dascomb and had been invited by his child’s mother to meet her at the college dining hall, according to police.

When police arrived, the Cleveland man and his friends had fled in a black Nissan with temporary license plates and the Ohio Highway Patrol and Lorain County Sheriff’s Department were alerted.

The daughter of the dining hall employee told Oberlin police that the Cleveland man made the threat to shoot everyone involved.
A second female relative of the dining hall employee told police she was struck and her shirt was torn when she tried to break up a fight involving her fiance, the Cleveland man and his friends.

The fiance told police that the Cleveland man swung at him and missed. Then the fiance kneed the Cleveland man and the man’s friends all “jumped on him,” according to the report written by Officer Raymond Feuerstein.

A number of college students said Thursday that they had heard rumors about an incident involving a gun and they were concerned.
Student Phil Parsons said he wished students had been officially informed.

“I feel I should have known about this,” said Parsons, a third-year student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. “They’re pretty good about safety and security issues.”

Al Moran, vice president of college relations, said the college was unaware of any threat on the night of the incident.
“Had we been informed on the evening of the altercation someone was threatening to kill someone else — even though it involved non-college people in a parking lot, we would have issued a safety alert,” he said.

Contact Cindy Leise at 653-6250 or cleise@chroniclet.com.