Jermaine Hughes, 29, of Lorain was charged Wednesday on counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, assaulting a police officer and obstruction of official business after an incident in the 1500 block of East 29th Street.
It began when Kimberly Martincic was visiting her stepdaughter, Ashley Craft, Craft’s boyfriend Michael DeJesus and Craft’s 6 year-old son at their house on East 29th Street, police said.
Around 2 p.m., Hughes allegedly came to the house and held DeJesus at gunpoint, forcing himself into the house, police said. Once inside, Hughes held the gun to the 6-year-old’s head and demanded money from Craft, according to police.
Craft gave him $300 and Hughes ran down the street toward Wood Avenue, according to the police report.
Shortly after the robbery, Hughes willingly came to the Police Department to give a statement. Through interviewing Hughes, Lorain Police Detective Jacob Morris said that he was able to determine that he was the suspect in the robbery. Almost an hour after the incident, Hughes was charged.
“I think the arrest was really what pushed him over the edge,” Morris said, discussing how Hughes became increasingly aggressive once in custody.
According to the police report, Hughes began making suicidal remarks, threatening to kill himself and saying he felt homicidal. Hughes also began fighting with police, lunging at them and trying to punch them. When police were able to restrain him, Hughes began spitting at them continuously.
Police said that Hughes spit so much, they had to put a special mask over his head, which he chewed off minutes later.
Hughes has been charged with violent crimes in Lorain multiple times since 2001, including two charges of domestic violence and two charges of assault on a police officer. Additionally, Hughes has been charged for thefts on three occasions.