December 19, 2014

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Man seen running from Bugsy’s Speakeasy fire charged with arson

ELYRIA – An Elyria man was arrested early Tuesday on charges accusing him of starting a fire behind Bugsy’s Speakeasy on Broad Street.

Lee Kimble Jr., of Elyria was charged with arson on Tuesday after he was seen running from a small fire behind the club around 3 a.m.

A bouncer at Bugsy’s, Anthony Ribis, told police that he was closing down the bar at 2:50 a.m. when he smelled smoke and saw Kimble running from behind the building. When Ribis checked for the source of the smoke, he saw a small fire made of papers, a piece of wood and a can burning 5 feet from the building.

Ribis quickly flagged down police officers who saw Kimble running southbound across 2nd Street and into The Chronicle-Telegram’s parking lot at 225 East Ave. When police ordered Kimble to get on the ground, he refused until Sgt. David Ross pulled out a gun and Kimble got on his knees, police said.

Kimble was carrying a silver lighter, had blood shot eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to the police report. When officers questioned him about the fire, Kimble refused to make a statement but said that he had no idea why police were chasing him.

Ribis told police that he did not see Kimble light the fire, which police were able to put out with a fire extinguisher.

Police also charged Kimble with disorderly conduct – intoxicated. This is Kimble’s fifth disorderly conduct charge since 2000. He was being held in the county jail on a $1,000 bond.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.