LORAIN — Police said an armed city man ran from them on Wednesday, starting a chase that ended with almost 15 police officers discovering the man hiding in a garbage bin near the Tower Baptist Church parking lot in Lorain.
The reason for the chase? Seemingly nothing.
As a result, Dariel Wayne Boone III, 18, of Sunset Boulevard, was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official business and having weapons while under disability, with more charges pending.
The incident started around 2 p.m. Wednesday, when detective Jacob Morris responded to a routine call that two young men were parked near Cashland at 4280 Oberlin Ave., possibly armed.
As soon as Morris arrived and was noticed, one of the men — later identified as Boone — jumped out of the car and ran, while the other unnamed man drove away from police.
Boone was allegedly carrying two handguns and police said he ditched one — a loaded Smith & Wesson — as he escaped. The discarded handgun was found by police and will be sent for DNA testing.
For almost 40 minutes, Lorain police and officers from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office set up perimeters around Big Lots and the surrounding residential area while they searched the woods with a K-9 unit for Boone, who they believed to be armed with the second gun.
Boone was found around 2:40 p.m. hiding in a garbage bin carrying the second handgun, a Derringer that wasn’t loaded.
For Morris, the running — not necessarily the gun — was the strangest aspect of the incident.
“That’s going to be under investigation,” Morris said, regarding Boone’s reasons for attempting to evade police.
Boone, who was being held Wednesday in the Lorain County Jail, has prior history with the police. He was arrested July 18 for driving under revocation and receiving stolen property.
Police intend to run the serial numbers of both guns to see if they were stolen.
Despite the almost hour-long search, Morris chalked it up as being a good day in Lorain.
“Us being able to work with everybody … resulted in us being able to get two guns off the street and the arrest of the suspect,” he said, adding that he was impressed with the work of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and its quick response.
Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or email@example.com.