December 19, 2014

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Elyria man arrested on drug, weapons charges

ELYRIA — A 20-year-old Elyria man was arrested late Friday night on multiple weapons charges after he fled a traffic stop that was initiated because the blue Ford 500 he was driving matched the description of a vehicle used in a shooting earlier that day.

Antonio Lynch was charged with tampering with evidence, possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

According to a police report, Lynch fled on foot after he was pulled over. A pursuing officer caught him and radioed for backup. It took three officers to get Lynch handcuffed because he struggled and grabbed at officers’ legs, police said. Lynch was taken into custody a little after 10:35 p.m. at West Avenue and 12th Street.

“(Lynch) tossed a gun prior to his arrest,” Sgt. Richard Ellis said.

Ellis referred additional questions about Lynch, and whether the shooting referred to in the police report was an early Friday morning shooting that left a teenaged boy with a neck wound, to the investigating officer. That detective was unavailable Saturday night.

Officers retrieved a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun as well as 10 Ecstasy tablets and a black ski mask during Lynch’s arrest.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, an officer on patrol near Paul’s Beverage on Lake Avenue spotted two vehicles as they turned from Foster Avenue onto Adams Street. As they sped onto Lake Avenue, a male sitting behind the driver of a blue vehicle fired multiple shots at the car being driven by 16-year-old Mark Grady of Elyria. The teenager had a gunshot wound in the back of his neck. Additional information about the teen’s medical condition wasn’t available.

According to the police report detailing Lynch’s arrest, he told officers he ran away because of the drugs in his pocket and “did not know why officers were picking on him.” Lynch also accused officers of “… just looking for someone to beat up.”

According to court records, Lynch pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to an indictment charging him with robbery and offense involving underage persons for an incident that occurred in May. Lynch was arrested Aug. 5 after he failed to appear for his arraignment on the robbery charge.

After his guilty plea in October, a personal bond of $16,000 was reinstated for Lynch on the previous charges and his case was referred to the parole authorities for a presentencing report. It was unclear from the records when he was released from the county jail.

Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7155 or acastelli@chroniclet.com.