November 21, 2014


Man assaulted in mall bathroom


ELYRIA – An elderly man told police he was standing in Midway Mall on Tuesday when an unknown suspect punched him in the head and ran away.

Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 78-year-old man said he was standing in a bathroom near Annie’s Pretzels at Midway Mall when someone punched him in the side of his face, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.

The man hadn’t exchanged words or looked at the suspect before the assault, Costantino said.

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  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Was it part of the knockout “game”? Carry your personal handgun in plane view.

    • Zen Grouch

      Splendid Idea!

      Then after they knock you out from behind they can take your gun and shoot some poor schmo minding his own business.

      Besides, you probably wouldn’t need a gun for this kind of cowardly punk.

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        The key is NOT getting knocked out, clown.

        • Heather Sorg

          Unfortunately, carrying a gun in plain view isn’t going to help if someone is playing the “knockout” game. They get you when you’re not expecting it, coming from behind you. They’ve been talking about it on CNN for the last couple of weeks.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            With all due respect, I posit people are less likely to attempt an attack on you if they recognize you are packing. Kind of like keeping your outside lights on at night, the burglars go for the darker houses.

          • Zen Grouch

            What a SPLENDID analogy!

            Thank you for making me see the light of day!

        • Zen Grouch

          I may be a clown, but you must be some kind of freak if you got eyes in the back of your thick skull.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            They aren’t ninjas, clown.

          • Zen Grouch

            Yeah, I suppose nothing can get to you in the men’s room, standing there all hyper-vigilant, omniscient, your Schwartz in one hand, the other hovering above the gat strapped to your side. Ice water running through your veins, taking no guff from anyone as you repeatedly ask the unanswered question of, “WHAT THE HECK YOU LOOKING AT, CLOWN?!”

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            You left out the omnipotent part, clown.

          • Zen Grouch


            That’s how you feel in the men’s room, one hand on your Johnson and the other hovering above your gun?

            What’s your superhero name, Urinal Cake Man… Plunger Dude… The Yellow Streak… The Brown Bang-Bang Boy… Vigilant Glory Holer… Slippery When Wet Danger Dog…

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            ABZ (anything but Zen), clown.

          • Zen Grouch

            Amber Beverage Zealot…

            …I ain’t talking beer, Bathroom Boy.

    • Eva

      i’ll bet….I just saw this on the news….started in new York….taking advantage of old people….let some punk try that crap with me….:(

  • Bob Haas

    Coward!!! sneaks up on an old man hits him then runs. COWARD!

  • Kim

    What a punk! Hope they catch him!
    Someone needs to do the same to them, what a pos!

    • Tadatadum

      They just need to look for a punk with wet legs.

  • Chuck Northcutt

    Great. The ‘Knockout’ game has come to Lorain County. Just great. I had hoped that our punks had more sense than those inner city punks we’ve heard so much about recently playing this so called game.

  • Christopher Carter

    We were just talking about this. Me and my wife were saying were glad it’s not here. unbelievable. There was an incident where a man shot the kid who did that and the kid also got a year in prison.

    • Bob Sweatt

      It’s here now because it is in the media. This doesn’t surprise me at all.

  • ken

    no cameras?

    • Bob Sweatt

      I believe cameras in public restrooms are illegal.

      • ken

        not in the restroom,…. going in or out, in the hall

        • Bob Sweatt

          You know I honestly didn’t think about that. Sorry. I thought you meant in the restroom.

  • Knftee Townsley

    Sadly it was just a matter of time before it happened here. The punks here are just as lawless, stupid, and cowardly as they are anywhere else.

  • Bob Sweatt

    I am fore warning all you punks. I see you do this crap. I will take great pleasure taking you down and making sure you stay put until the police show up.

  • Melissa Merrill Snyder

    Mean people suck! This is totally out of control.

  • ekwaykway

    Wait till hunting polar bears comes to town.

  • It has to stop

    A little vigilante justice is deserved.

  • ekwaykway

    This has been going on for a while and the videos posted on the web.

  • not me again

    i just wish i will be there when something like this happens… right place right time kinda deal.. i wanna give a lil punk an azz kicking he”ll NEVER forget.. his momma will feel it

  • not me again


  • stop ur whining

    shocking that something bad happens at trash-way mall

  • AFITgrad86

    Maintaining situational awareness is important. People who ‘zone out’ or don’t pay attention to their surroundings are always at greater risk because they scream “Victim” to anyone with evil intent in the area. Look around, if you see someone acting the least bit suspicious establish eye contact to let them know you see them (do not “mad dog” them or that could be bad). If you are carrying a package or briefcase shift it to your non-dominant hand and free up your dominant hand which is then free to place on the butt of your concealed carry weapon (or make them think you have one) . Turn to place your dominant hand away from them and watch them as they pass by.

    • Bob Sweatt

      Words to live by. But they are coming up from behind people. These cowards don’t have the guts to do it face to face. They run up behind people and hit them. Just like the cowards they all are.

      And I would say about 90% of all mall don’t let you carry your weapon inside. But I get what you are saying.

      • AFITgrad86

        I know they attack from behind but often do it after ‘innocently’ passing by you when they turn and come back at you. Also in a mall there is plenty of glass to check for reflections. Am I paranoid? Not if they’re out to get me … LOL

        • Bob Sweatt

          Oh dude I hear you. I am very aware of my surroundings. Now a days it is almost stupid not to be.

          But this case is different for some of the others. Usually these cowards are in a big group when the sucker punch someone. Which is why I keep an eye out if I see a group of teens walking around.

    • Bob Sweatt

      To many people have their faces buried in their cell phones. They are more concerned about the latest Facebook post or what is Trending on Twitter to even think about looking around. It’s a shame really.

  • Just saying

    I agree with Bob Sweatt it’s here because of the media if they would have let there own city deal with there situation instead of putting it on t.v. for little ignorant fake thugs to see I don’t think this problem would be here. And let me see y’all fake thugs targeting my loved ones or elderly it’s gonna be a problem!!!!!!!