October 20, 2014

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2 men arrested after chasing a third following argument about affair

VERMILION — Police said an argument over an affair led to a chase, allegedly involving guns and knives.

Atkinson

Wells

Two Vermilion men were arrested Thursday after police received a call from a frantic man who said he was being chased by the men, whom he said had weapons and were going to kill him.

Police received the call at 7:16 p.m. and tried to locate the caller, 21-year-old Brandon Serrano, as he ran down Nicholson and Liberty avenues. Serrano told police the men were chasing him on foot, but they later got into a vehicle and followed him.

Officers stopped the suspect’s vehicle, a gold Ford Taurus, on Liberty Avenue. Several officers ordered the driver, Sean M. Atkinson, out of the car at gunpoint.

Atkinson, 40, told police he was not able to get out of the vehicle because his watch was stuck in the window. Police, who believed Atkinson was armed, freed his hand and ordered him to the ground, according to a police report.

Police said Atkinson would not comply with officers’ commands, and he would not put his hands behind his back in order to be handcuffed.

Police used a Taser to stun Atkinson in the leg and he complied.

The passenger, Vincent Wells, 21, told police the argument began because Serrano was trying to have sexual relations with his wife.

He said he was trying to work things out with his wife after she had an affair with Serrano in the past.

Wells said he confronted Serrano after seeing recent Facebook messages to his wife, and Serrano ran out of the house.

Serrano, who had been at Coley’s Inc. on Liberty Avenue, told police Atkinson had confronted him over the incident with Wells’ wife and told him he had guns in the attic. He said Wells had a knife and tried to chase him with it from Nicholson Avenue to Coley’s.

Vermilion police Capt. Mike Reinheimer said no weapons were found in the vehicle.

Police said Atkinson, who is Wells’ step-father, appeared to be intoxicated, and Wells told police that Atkinson “had a few drinks and probably a few too many to drive.”

Atkinson submitted a urine test after a breath test showed an error. He told police he only had three beers, but the medication he takes increases the effects of alcohol.

Atkinson was charged with operating a vehicle impaired, driving under suspension, seat belt violation and aggravated menacing.

He told police while in custody that he had been stabbed a few days earlier in Lorain and that he was “the person in the newspaper.”

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today at Vermilion Municipal Court.

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