July 30, 2014

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2 men taken in, 1 still wanted in brutal gunpoint kidnappings

LORAIN — Two Lorain men have turned themselves in and police are still seeking a third after two people were robbed, assaulted and held against their will at gunpoint in separate but related incidents.

Wanted: Delno Clayton

Wanted: Delno Clayton

In custody: Kareem Tucker

In custody: Kareem Tucker

In custody: Ivan Brooks

In custody: Ivan Brooks

Ivan Brooks, 26, of Lorain, and Kareem Tucker, 24, of Lorain, both turned themselves in on Friday, according to Lorain police Sgt. Mark Carpentiere. A third man, Delno Clayton, 25, of Lorain, is still wanted.

The first victim, a Lorain man, told officers a man he knows called him and invited him to have a drink at a Seneca Avenue address about 11 p.m. July 17, according to a police report.

He said he was drinking in someone’s room with Tucker when Tucker left the room. Tucker returned with a gun, he said, and told him to get on the ground. The man got on the ground, and all three men tied him up with duct tape, taping his wrists, ankles and mouth.

According to the report, Tucker then put a gun to the man’s head and took his keys to his home on Tower Boulevard. The men then carried him to a car and put him in the trunk. One of the three stayed with the man while the other two went to his apartment, where his girlfriend was.

About 4 a.m. July 18, the man’s girlfiend, a 28-year-old Lorain woman, told police she heard keys at her door and two men ran at her and pushed her against a living room wall. One of them then punched her three times and ordered her to the floor, saying “they won’t kill her,” the report said.

According to the report, the men then got out their guns and began pointing them at everyone in the apartment, including the woman’s kids. The started to look around the house for something, demanding “Where ya’ll keeping the money?” The woman said one of the men kept putting his gun to her head and pushed her to the ground any time she tried to look up.

At 6:30 a.m. the man entered the Marathon at West 25th and Broadway wearing only boxers and a tank top and pulling duct tape off his wrists and told the clerk “I was just kidnapped and robbed!” the report said.

The clerk, who said she was the one who gave him a ride to the Seneca Avenue home, said she gave him a pair of shorts, a T-shirt and a pack of cigarettes.

Police took pictures, including the woman’s injuries and damage to a flat-screen TV, which were entered into evidence.