December 22, 2014

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Man charged with battling roller rink guard

ELYRIA — Police charged a Wakeman man and Elyria teen following a fracas at the Elyria Roll Arena Friday night.

Craig Ritchie, 20, of Wakeman, was charged with underage consumption, while a 15-year-old Elyria girl was cited into juvenile court on a charge of assault after an incident about 9 p.m. Friday at the Cleveland Street roller rink.

When police arrived, they found a man, later identified as Ritchie, lying on the ground in a rear office being held down by a security officer.

The security officer told police he learned that a male and female were drinking while skating, after which he approached Ritchie and the 15-year-old girl and asked them to come to the office where Ritchie admitted he had rum in a plastic soft drink bottle.

After receiving a text message a few moments later, Ritchie tried to leave the office, after which the security officer grabbed him and the two fell down while scuffling, reports said,

While on the ground, the security officer was struck in the ribs by roller skates worn by the 15-year-old. The security worker was taken to the hospital to be examined, police said.

Police said Ritchie was also arrested on an unspecified bench warrant from Elyria Municipal Court.