November 24, 2014


Four charged in related weekend shootings


Bradley Watkins, Robert Henry, Darryl Johnson and Jessica Hardin were charged for their involvement in two gun-related incidents.

ELYRIA – Four people have been charged for their involvement in two related cases of gunfire over the weekend.

They are:

  • Bradley Watkins, 25, of 1120 Garden St., Elyria, was charged with weapons-related crimes including having weapons under disability and felonious assault.
  • Robert Henry, 22, of 456 11th St., Elyria, and Darryl Johnson, 23, of 164 Taft Ave., Elyria, both were charged with having weapons under disability and aggravated menacing.
  • Jessica Hardin, 18, of 433 West River Road was charged with drug charges including heroin and crack possession.
  •  One suspect, Terrell Fennell, 19, – or “Tootabee” – is still being sought.

The incidents began around 9 p.m. Friday when police responded to a call that shots were fired on the 600 block of Lake Avenue in Elyria near Paul’s Beverage Warehouse. When police arrived, the suspects had fled but a witness told police that two men had a disagreement and shot at each other, hitting a vehicle parked at the beverage store.

The second incident occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday at the Red Roof Inn in the 600 block of Midway Boulevard in Elyria. Witnesses told police that two men were shooting at each other in the motel parking lot. The men took off in two vehicles by the time police had arrived. No one was hurt, but the window of a semi-tractor was shattered, according to the police report.

Almost four hours after the Sunday shooting, witnesses at the Foster Garden Apartments, 421 Foster Ave., reported seeing four armed men walking around the area with guns, attempting to get into an apartment in the complex.

Elyria police determined that all three incidents were connected and charged Watkins, Henry, Johnson and Hardin for their involvement.

Police still are searching for Fennell who is facing charges of having weapons under disability, possession of heroin, possession of crack, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“There were certain people involved in multiple incidents but one person involved in one of the incidents,” Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said regarding the involvement of the five suspects.

If anyone has information about Fennell’s whereabouts, they are asked to call the Elyria Police Department at 440-323-3302.

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  • Mark B

    Would it be possible for the CT to follow this all the way through the courts and do updates in the paper so the people can follow this. If the suspects get out on bail , inform us , when they go to court , publish there plea’s , and keep following up and posting there sentence and any other details.

  • Jesus fan

    My people of this world look at the ages of these people where have we went wrong in society. Look at the ages of these things happening in our world alot of young people doing crimes, how were these kids brought up? Did they come from a broken family? People we need to grab ahold of our young kids before its to late. Wait a minute no it is never to late to show them the grace of god, we just need to reach out to our young kids and youth. Come on people where are your priorities.