July 24, 2014

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2 men arrested, one still at-large after fight at Lake Motel

LORAIN — Police arrested two people and are looking for a third following a fight Tuesday night at the Lake Motel, 3917 West Erie Ave.

Joseph Aldridge, 29, and Rodney White, 27, both of Lorain were both arrested. According to the report, officers are still looking for a dark-skinned black male 5-feet-10 and 195 pounds. He was last seen wearing gray pants and no shirt.

According to a Lorain police report, officers were called to the motel about 10:20 p.m. Callers reported multiple people were fighting and one of them had a gun.

Officers arrived to find the subjects who were fighting had fled the scene, a police report said.

Officers noticed a group of people standing in a driveway at 3910 West Erie and approached them only to have one man, later identified as Aldridge, flee.

Officers chasing him noticed an “unknown black item” in his right hand and demanded he stop, at which point he “squared off” with officers. Officers apprehended him after Tasering him. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center to have the Taser darts removed, the police report said. Officers wound up recovering a bag containing a “green leafy matter” weighing 5.3 grams from Aldrige.

In the meantime, White was “verbally assaulting” officers, the report said.

Once officers had the situation under control, they met up with original complainant, a 28-year-old woman, who told them she walked from across the street to purchase a cigarette at the Lake Motel.

As she walked through the parking lot, she told officers a black male made sexual advances toward her, eventually pulling on her arm and telling her to go to his room.

She said she fled back to her apartment, and her fiance and another male returned to the motel to confront the man who had approached her.

She said the man then punched her fiance, then walked to his vehicle and pulled out a gun.

Motel manager Vinu Patel told officers that the woman and three males arrived at the motel carrying baseball bats and began beating on the door of several rooms. Witnesses said they didn’t see a weapon other than the bats and fists flying.