ELYRIA — Two people were arrested yesterday afternoon after they threatened to shoot a house full of people, and Northwood Middle School was locked down briefly as a precaution due to reports the men might have guns.
Stacey Hale, 36, is charged with possession of PCP, unlawful restraint and aggravated menacing. Leon Hale, 31, is charged with unlawful restraint and aggravated menacing.
Police were called to a home in the 700 block of Washington Avenue at 2:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a man with a gun threatening to shoot adults and children in a home.
According to a police report, the residents of the home are known drug users and are known to police to allow other drug users to stay with them. However; a woman who says she and her family are renting the house said they just moved in a month ago and have no connection to drug use.
Officers arrived and heard adults screaming in the home’s attached garage, including a woman screaming “Don’t hurt us,” the report said.
After waiting 30 seconds for someone to respond to the door, an officer kicked the door in, the report said.
Leon Hale attempted to exit the front door and was taken into custody. Police found four adults and four children in the home’s basement.
One of the adults told police he had gone to the home to meet a friend when he heard two men come in yelling about electronic equipment that had been stolen out of a vehicle that was stored in the garage.
Leon Hale reportedly told them no one could leave the home and that he would return with his brother, Stacey, and shoot everyone in the home. Stacey Hale had been at the home earlier in the day making similar threats and also threatened to burn down the house, but he was gone before police arrived the previous time, the report said.
Stacey admitted he had threatened to shoot the people in the house if he was not given his electronics and his car keys, the report said, but Leon denied threatening anyone. Neither man had a gun at any time, the report said.
While checking the car, police found two vials of suspected PCP, which Stacey said was his, adding that he dips cigars in it and smokes them to get high.
According to Elyria Schools spokeswoman Amy Higgins, police notified Northwood Middle School at 2:40 p.m. to let them know there was an incident possibly involving a gun in the neighborhood. The school was locked down for about five to 10 minutes as a precaution, she said.
Higgins said staff at Northwood contacted the principal at Ely Elementary School. The school did not go into lockdown, but the principal decided not to dismiss students until the threat was over.