September 19, 2014

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Man arrested after alleged threats

LORAIN — An Elyria man was arrested after he made persistent calls to the police station, threatening to kill a man he believed assaulted him, according to a police report.

Michael Darby Jr., 28, was arrested Sunday at his Washington Avenue apartment and charged with two counts of aggravated menacing and one count each of menacing by stalking and inducing panic.

Police were called to the 900 block of Walnut Street at 2:05 p.m. after a report that Darby was outside the house with two other men, threatening the residents — Lee Speer; Speer’s girlfriend, Shelly George; and Darby’s ex-girlfriend, Amanda Hatfield, who was staying with the two.

Speer told police Darby was assaulted Saturday by three men, and Darby believed that Speer was involved. Speer told police he was at work at the time of the assault.

Speer said Darby had been continually calling since Saturday, threatening him and George. George told police Darby had called her phone 12 times, allegedly saying, “I’m coming over with a gun to kill everyone in your house, and I’m going to cut Lee’s head off!”

Darby then allegedly pulled up to the house, getting out of a white sedan with two other men, and threatened to kill Speer, George and George’s 13-year-old daughter, who was at the home. Darby and the men reached into their pants, as if they had guns, but left before police arrived, the police report said.

A dispatcher at the Elyria Police Department told officers she had been fielding calls since 12:50 p.m. that day from Darby, who threatened to kill Speer. Darby told the dispatcher he had a 12-gauge shotgun and he was going to “get him,” according to the report.

Darby continued to make phone calls to police until officers arrived at his home at 2:05 p.m. Police said Darby was intoxicated and had injuries from the assault Saturday.

Darby was transferred to Lorain County Jail and later released on a recognizance personal bond after his arraignment Monday. He was ordered to have no contact with Speer, George or George’s child.