November 21, 2014

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Alleged burglary leads to car chase, crash, arrests

LORAIN — After three men were held at gunpoint in a possible drug deal gone wrong Thursday night, police launched an investigation and arrested two suspects after an early morning, high-speed car chase in Lorain.

About 2:30 a.m. Friday, police charged William Garner, 21, of Lorain, and Nico Cox, 19, of Lorain, with possession of crack, marijuana, Schedule III drugs and drug paraphernalia. Because of the police chase that preceded the arrests, Cox, the alleged driver in the chase, also was charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to comply with police and operating a vehicle without a license.

The incident began about 10 p.m. Thursday when Casey Pope, 52, told police he was visiting friend Larry Smith, 54, and Frederick Hardnett, 37, at Smith’s apartment in the 4600 block of Oberlin Avenue.

Hardnett told police that he called two men nicknamed “Cash” and “Lucky” — identified as Cox — to buy Xanax pills from Pope, though Pope denied trying to sell the pills.

When the duo came to Smith’s house, they asked Pope to give them the drugs and Pope refused. Cox pulled out a small revolver and pointed it at Pope, demanding the drugs, and the two men ran from the house with 80 Xanax pills, according to the report.

Hardnett told police he was in Cash and Cox’s car with a friend of theirs during the alleged robbery. When they got into the car and began to drive away, Hardnett told police he received a call from Smith about the robbery.

Hardnett tried to ask Cash, Cox and their friend about the robbery and Cash pulled out a gun and ordered him out of the car in response, according to the report.

As the car went north on Ashland Avenue, Hardnett wrote down the license-plate number for police.

After questioning Hardnett, Smith and Pope, police began checking the area. After they ran the plate, they discovered the car belonged to Victoria Perchinsky, 39, of the 2200 block of Tower Boulevard.

When police questioned Perchinsky, she told them that she lent the car to Cash and Cox earlier in the evening, according to the report. Police began looking for the car and about 2:15 a.m. Friday, they found it driving south near Leavitt and Meister roads.

As police followed, the car sped up, driving through two stop signs, jumping a curb and going more than 80 miles an hour, according to police. The police chase continued through the area of West 30th Street. The vehicle hit a curb in the chase, but despite knocking off one of the front tires of the car, continued through a field and west onto East 33rd Street.

The chase ended when the car ran off Elyria Avenue.

Police took Cox and his passenger, Garner, into custody and searched the car , in which they found crack, Xanax, marijuana and Schedule III drugs on the floor.

The car was towed, and Cox and Garner were taken to Lorain City Jail where they were being held without bond.

Police have not been able to identify “Cash” or the unnamed friend who was in the car during the robbery.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

  • WTFnext

    So post his picture and I’m sure someone will recognize him. He will need that “cash” to get out of this one. How did the guy get 80 Xanax at once? He must have been saving them up. I work in a doctor’s office, and you usually are not given more than a month of those at a time. They can not even call a Rx in for those any more. You have to come to the office and pick up a paper Rx and take it to the pharmacy yourself. SMH

    • Cheri Fleming

      r u kidding me? i know several people that get up to 120 of them in a month its insane but drs dont care

      • beety

        a good Dr. does care . I know of physicians who do routine and random drug screens. If the rx they are prescribing to you isn’t in your system or other drugs recreational or prescription that he or she is not prescribing to you is then…. no more scripts ! I know they don’t all follow this protocol but like I said a GOOD Dr. who actually has an interest in their pts do. Criminals will always find a way but hopefully the DEA will make this harder to get away with. When a physicians license is threatened they will think twice about putting their name on that script.

  • beety

    ummmmm…. tid x 30 days = 90 tablets and they can still be called in..or faxed in… you can also get 90 days at a time if using a mail order pharmacy.

  • rlm_Lorain

    Most patients are initiated with a dose of 0.25 to 0.5 mg given three times daily (tid). The dose
    may be increased to achieve a maximum therapeutic effect to a maximum daily dose of 4 mg, If this is a large person on the maximum dose of 0.5 mg, taking 4 mg (8 pills) daily, a 30-day supply would be 240 pills. A person in possession of 80 pills would not be unheard of. However, with that said, if they are indeed selling their pills, then they have sold their physician a bill of goods to get the highest dose possible. I hope someone notifies this person’s doctor about what he is doing.

  • Tookie

    Lol cash is Darian Lopez …..