December 22, 2014

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Man with paintball gun who ‘runs the neighborhood’ makes death threat

Mitchell Hall, 24, of Lorain

LORAIN — A series of neighborly disputes came to a head Wednesday when one Lorain man brandished a baseball bat and a paintball gun and proclaimed that he “ran the neighborhood,” according to police.

Mitchell Hall, 24, of Lorain, was charged with aggravated menacing on the 300 block of Delaware Avenue around 5 p.m. Wednesday after he threatened his neighbor, Lewis Tolento, 47, and Tolento’s sons with a paintball gun that they mistook for a real firearm.

Tolento told police that this is one of many disputes between Hall and Tolento’s sons, Isaiah Candelario, 21, and Enrique Candelario, 18.

The incident began around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tolento told police that Hall got out of his car with a baseball bat at the 300 block of Delaware Avenue and started yelling profanities at the Candelarios and saying that he “ran the neighborhood.”

Isaiah Candelario told police that Hall also threatened to kill his father.

When Tolento tried to confront Hall for yelling at his sons, Hall went into his house and came out carrying what looked like a shotgun or a rifle, Tolento told police, adding that he and his sons quickly fled.

Police found Hall at his house on the 700 block of East Street in Lorain shortly after the incident. When police questioned Hall about the gun, Hall insisted that it was a paintball gun rather than an actual shotgun.

Hall has had multiple charges in Lorain since 2007, including one charge of inducing panic, three drug-related charges and multiple traffic violations.

Hall was being held at Lorain City Jail on a $10,000 bond until his hearing at 1 p.m. on Sept. 18.

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