September 20, 2014

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Man charged after allegedly threatening friend

James Thomas

James Thomas

LORAIN — A woman told police a man she knew forced her to give him oral sex and then threatened to kill her early Thursday.

James Thomas, 27, was charged with aggravated menacing around 2:30 a.m. at the 1700 block of Broadway.

A friend of Thomas’ told police that two hours earlier, Thomas had come to her apartment on the 1700 block of Broadway. She said they started talking in her bedroom, which led to sex, according to the police report.

Thomas asked the friend to give him oral sex and when she refused, he slapped her several times until she gave in, according to the report. The friend told police she started crying and Thomas put a hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.

When Thomas left, the friend went to her neighbor’s apartment and called police. Police arrived around 2:30 a.m. and spoke with the friend whose face looked red “as if she had been slapped,” according to the report.

In the middle of their interview with the friend, Thomas called her cell phone and police heard him ask why officers were at her apartment, according to the report. He told the friend that if she was “setting him up,” he would kill her, according to police.

Thomas arrived at the friend’s apartment soon after the call and police confronted him with the accusation. Police charged him with aggravated menacing and told him that they would continue to investigate the incident, according to the report.

Thomas’ bond and court date have not been set.

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


  • Sis Delish

    Is it possible this Gentleman recently received a promotional piece in the mail for a Free Membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club, and got confused?

  • Phil Blank

    She should have ‘bit-it-off!!

  • Carrie Watson

    This strikes me as more than “menacing”. He should be charged with GSI or something in addition.

    • Jennifer Williams

      Rape! anytime a forced sexual act is committed should be rape!

  • Jennifer Williams

    Dang Drugs! He is 27 looks like he is 40!

  • bdid.d

    And you say he’s just a friend, and you say he’s just a friend…

  • WTFnext

    If he had his hand over her mouth to keep her from crying, how could she give oral?