August 1, 2014

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SWAT team busts alleged bike thief

LORAIN — To the suspect, the Huffy one-speed bicycle was better bait than a getaway vehicle.

The bike was placed by the police SWAT team in front of Shak’s Korner at 2009 W. 21st St., at 9:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to Officer Timothy Thompson’s incident report.

Thompson wrote that the area has had several bike thefts recently, and the bike was placed there as bait and as part of a training exercise.

After about a minute, Thompson wrote that a man later identified as Dominique S. Hill rode off on it, with Thompson and officers Kurt Graupmann and Mark Pultrone following him in an unmarked Ford Explorer.

“I’m sorry. Is this yours?” Hill asked when stopped on West 22nd Street, Thompson wrote.

Hill then attempted to run away and was pulled to the ground by Thompson and handcuffed, according to the report.

Hill, 30, and homeless, was arrested and charged with petty theft and obstructing official business..