December 20, 2014

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Police: Lorain man attempted to abduct girl at school

LORAIN — A Lorain man with a history of mental illness is being accused of attempting to abduct a 6-year-old girl, apparently out of fear that she was being harmed by a witch.

Police were called about 8 a.m. Monday after a teacher was approached by a man who was screaming at her while she was unloading three children from her van at Lorain Community Elementary on the corner of West Erie Avenue and Broadway.

The man grabbed for one of the kids, scratching the girl’s cheek just below the left eye, police said.

The teacher told the children to get back in the van and she jumped into the van herself, where she honked the horn repeatedly for help. The man continued to scream at the woman, but he fled when a group of parents came over, police said.

The man then called 911, saying that he attempted to make a “citizen’s arrest” on the woman because he thought she was a “witch” and saw her pin the 6-year-old against the van, police said. He was picked up in the Lorain Police Department’s parking lot across the street from the school by a detective driving into work.

William Metcalf, 43, was charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted abduction. He is being held in the county jail on a $100,000 bond.

Metcalf has a past conviction for disorderly conduct. In June, he was given a psychiatric evaluation after he was spotted by police talking to himself in a Rite Aid parking lot. He was given another evaluation a few months later after telling an officer he was being abducted by aliens, police said.

Contact Adam Wright at 329-7151 or awright@chroniclet.com.