October 24, 2014

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Man arrested for knifepoint robbery says he was joking

LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested after he allegedly pulled a knife on another man, stealing $30 from him.

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Police met with the victim, Jon Robinson, at 7:35 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of Washington Ave. Robinson told officers an acquaintance of his, Lawrence Butler, 45, of Lorain, was the culprit.

Butler was stopped in the area and arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. Butler denied threatening Robinson, saying he was joking when he pulled out a knife.

“He knew I was joking ’cause I laughed,” Butler told police.

Butler apologized for scaring Robinson and said he would return the money, which totaled $30.

Robinson told officers Butler had borrowed $50 from him earlier in the day and said he needed the money to pay his drug dealer. He said Butler appeared stressed and frantic, so he let him borrow the money.

Robinson said Butler then called him around 7 p.m., asking if he could stay at his house for the night. He said he told Butler he could stay, but only if he returned the $50 he borrowed.

Robinson said Butler came to his house at 7:15 p.m. and was sweating profusely and appeared agitated. He said Butler asked for more money, saying he was “desperate” and “had to have it.”

He said Butler then pulled out a knife, saying that he would cut him if he didn’t give him the money. Robinson said he handed Butler the money because he was scared, and Butler left the house.

Butler was arraigned Tuesday in Lorain Municipal Court, where he entered a plea of not guilty. His pre-trial was set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said a computerized criminal history showed a 33-page history of Butler’s felony convictions, starting in 1986.