May 24, 2016


Elyria man charged with assault, menacing, abduction

ELYRIA — An Elyria man was arrested after police say he forced a woman into a house, threatened her and assaulted her.

Michael Lawrence, 35, is charged with assault, aggravated menacing and abduction.

According to a police report, Amanda Kelly, 26, the girlfriend of Lawrence’s brother, said she was struck in the face at 1015 Middle Avenue by Lawrence when she attempted to leave the house. Police said Kelly was visibly shaken and had a large red mark on her chest as well as scratches on her arms and legs.

Kelly said Lawrence followed her down the street and on 10th Street grabbed her by the arm and forced her into the house.

She told police he told her “Be quiet so the police don’t hear. You will be erased. I will kill you.”

Kelly was able to leave the house and flag down an officer on 11th Street.

Lawrence was taken to the Lorain County Jail.