April 24, 2014

Elyria
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Pair charged after chase

ELYRIA — Two men were charged Friday in connection with an early morning incident in which police said four men were trying to enter a Fifth Street apartment building using a handgun.

A subsequent chase led to one man being struck by a police cruiser before he ran off.

Aaron A. Oliver, 21, and Michael Thorpe, 28, both of Elyria, each were charged with obstructing official business.

Oliver also was cited for illegal use of food stamps by police after they found another person’s food assistance benefits card in Oliver’s pocket, reports said.

Police responded to the 200 block of Fifth Street at 3:24 a.m. Friday on a complaint by Thorpe, who resided at the address, of a number of black males on the porch of the apartment building.

When officers arrived, they saw three subjects running away. A foot chase by police led to a man, later identified as Oliver, being caught a block away.

One officer sustained minor injuries to his forearm and hand during the chase.

Another officer who chased the suspects in his cruiser accidentally struck one of the men who ran in front of his car in the 200 block of Sixth Street, reports said.

The man rolled onto the hood of the police car before rolling off into a curb lawn, after which he continued to run.

Other officers searched the area but did not find the suspect, reports said.

A cell phone and set of keys were found on the curb lawn where the man landed after hitting the cruiser.

Police also found a black semiautomatic 9mm handgun and magazine with three rounds in the backyard of the apartment building.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.