July 29, 2014

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Lorain man arrested after off-duty officer intervenes in alleged assault

LORAIN — An off-duty police officer intervened in an alleged assault, and a Lorain man was arrested Monday as a result.

Officers were sent to a Meister Road home at 8:08 p.m. Monday for a domestic in progress. Officer James Connell, who witnessed the incident, had detained 18-year-old Jaquan Battle, who was lying on the floor when officers arrived.

According to a police report, Connell was at home when he heard loud banging noises, as if someone was hitting or kicking a vehicle. He looked outside and noticed Battle yelling at a girl while they were walking into the residence.

Connell then said he heard screaming from inside the home, and he saw the girl running to the van. Before she could make it there, Battle grabbed the girl by the hair and dragged her into the home, Connell wrote in the report.

Connell said he ordered Battle to stop, but Battle slammed the door and locked it. Connell kicked open the door after hearing more screams, and he said Battle was on top of the girl, who police later learned was 16.

Battle was arrested and charged with assault and unlawful restraint after officers arrived.

Police said Battle and the 16-year-old girl were dating, but the two began fighting after the girl noticed texts from other women in his phone. The girl told police she tried to break things off with Battle and leave the home, but Battle blocked the door and took her cell phone.

Police said the girl did not have any visible injuries, and she declined medical treatment.