October 22, 2014

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Mentally distressed man gives officers chase, police say

LORAIN — Police arrested a Lorain man after he led officers on a chase, locked himself in a bystander’s apartment and ran through an elementary school playground.

Police said the man, Charles Marr Jr., 33, 1400 block of West 23rd Street, had sped past an intersection without stopping at a stop sign on West 23rd Street, and when an officer tried to stop him, Marr refused to comply.

Police said Marr pulled into the parking lot of O’Hare’s Beverage, at 2300 Leavitt Road, after running through the stop sign at 2:37 p.m. Thursday. An officer pulled behind Marr’s car, with lights flashing, according to a police report, but Marr got out of the vehicle, walked toward the police cruiser and then fled after the officer grabbed him.

Police said Marr collided with two people near O’Hare’s, knocking them to the ground, and continued to flee from the officer after being struck twice with a Taser. According to the report, Marr crossed traffic on Leavitt Road and then began walking on the sidewalk on West 23rd Street.

The officer reportedly caught up with Marr after driving to where he was walking, when Marr again led him on a chase. Police said Marr ran to a set of apartments in the 2300 block of Sunset Boulevard, running in to the apartment of Jessica Scribner, who happened to be standing by the door.

Police surrounded the apartment as Marr locked the door, and the report said Scribner was “deeply concerned and upset that an unknown man just ran into her residence.”

Marr had fled before the assisting officers arrived, however, and was seen running on Reeves Avenue toward Frank Jacinto Elementary School. An officer tackled Marr after he scaled a fence near The Charleston Center.

Marr was arrested and charged with burglary, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, reckless operation on public property and stop sign violation. He was taken to Lorain City Jail where he complained about pain to his arm, which he said was broken.

Officer Zachary Iannantuono wrote in a report that Marr appeared to be confused or mentally distressed during his arrest, uttering something about Jesus.

Charles Marr’s wife, Cassandra, came to pick up Marr’s car, according to the police report.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.