LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested overnight after threatening a neighbor with what turned out to be a toy gun. He had to be Tasered by police a couple hours later after posting bond and returning to the neighbors’ home.
Darren Roe, 46, faces charges of two counts of aggravated menacing, assault, violation of a protection order, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
Officers were first called to 415 W. 21st St. about 12:40 a.m. The victim and his girlfriend told an officer the three had been drinking at their home when Roe became drunk and left, according to a police report.
He returned with a cane, which he used to strike the victim, a 33-year-old Lorain man, on the right side of his neck.
He went home again and returned, pointing a what looked like handgun at the victim, saying “I got something for you.”
The victim ran behind his home and called police, and Roe went back into his home, the report said.
Officers arrived, and Roe showed him the toy cap gun he had pointed at his neighbor.
Roe was taken to the Lorain City Jail, where he was booked for assault and aggravated menacing.
About 3:30 a.m., officers were called back to 415 W. 21st St. According to a police report, Roe had returned to the victims’ home after bonding out of jail. A protection order had been issued protecting the victim from him.
The victim said he’d been awakened by a loud bang and looked outside to see Roe standing in his front yard holding a pitch fork, so he called police.
When the victim went downstairs to see what Roe was doing, he saw that he had a plastic gas can with a rag in it and was threatening to burn the house down. The victim said that at that point he stepped out of his house with a golf club to try to scare Roe away from his home.
Once Roe was in the back of an officer’s cruiser, he began to scream and strike his head on the car’s cage and punch and kick the driver’s side window. Roe then began to punch and kick wildly at an officer who was instructing him to settle down, the report said.
An officer subdued Roe by Tasering him twice and then handcuffed him despite his attempts to resist.
Roe still refused to settle down, and an officer “dry stunned” him with his Taser.
Roe was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center to have the Taser prongs removed and because he was complaining of chest pains. After he was treated, he was taken to the police station.