Henry Husk filed the lawsuit in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, asking for damages in excess of $25,000. Husk’s vehicle was damaged and his shoulder was injured when the two men, Steven Moore and Williams Samples, threw an electric motor at him while he was trying to detain them, according to the lawsuit.
Moore, 62, of Lorain, and Samples, 47, of Wellington, were convicted on charges in relation to the incident. Police arrested the two on Oct. 24, 2011, after they ran from Lorain County sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies were called to Husk’s Grafton Road home at 11:24 a.m. for a reported burglary in progress, according to a sheriff’s report. Husk said he caught the two men stealing scrap metal, electric motors and wires from his property, and he was trying to detain them until police arrived.
Husk later called back to report that Moore and Samples had rammed his vehicle with a red-and-blue Chevy, and they threw an electric motor through his window in an attempt to get away. The motor struck Husk’s shoulder, according to the lawsuit, and he required rotator cuff surgery.
Deputies caught up with Moore and Samples at Convenient Food Mart, 905 East River St., Elyria, where their vehicle was parked. According to the sheriff’s report, Moore and Samples ran from deputies and Elyria police officers, and they were apprehended on the Fourth Street bridge and down by the river bank on the west side of Charles Court.
Samples pleaded guilty in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas on April 15, and he was convicted of aggravated robbery, felonious assault, breaking and entering, obstructing official business, possession of criminal tools and criminal damage.
He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay court costs and $2,250 in restitution.
After a jury trial, Moore was convicted of aggravated robbery, felonious assault, breaking and entering, obstructing official business, possession of criminal tools and criminal damage on Aug. 23.
He was sentenced to eight years at Lorain Correctional Institution and ordered to pay $18,005 to the victim, with credit of $2,225 if Samples paid his fee, according to court records.
Husk is also suing Crystal Williams and Billy Moore for wrongful entrustment, according to the lawsuit.
Williams is the owner of the 1989 Chevy Blazer used in the robbery, and Moore owns the trailer that the scrap metal was loaded in, according to the sheriff’s report.
Husk is asking for compensatory damages, punitive damages, for the return of his property and attorney fees.