December 21, 2014

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Man carrying steak knife arrested at ex-girlfriend’s house

Michael Rutherford

Michael Rutherford

LORAIN – After stalking his ex-girlfriend for a year, a man showed up at her house armed with a large steak knife on Tuesday, according to police.

Michael Rutherford, 22, of Lorain was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and a menacing by stalking warrant around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday outside a house on the 200 block of Stonepath Street in Lorain.

Rutherford’s ex-girlfriend told police that Rutherford has been stalking her for a year, once almost setting her house on fire when he arrived in the middle of the night, according to the police report.

She told police he had been calling her numerous times on Monday night and early Tuesday morning, threatening to come over and slash her tires. During one phone call, Rutherford heard a man in the background at his ex-girlfriend’s home and started threatening to come over and beat him up, according to the police report.

Officers went to the ex-girlfriend’s house and found Rutherford standing outside of his car near her property, according to the report. Rutherford tried to get back into his car when he saw police but officers grabbed him and put him in handcuffs. When they searched Rutherford’s clothing officers found a 9-inch steak knife in his front pocket, police said.

Rutherford told police he was looking for the man who he thought was at his ex-girlfriend’s house and that he’d brought the knife “for protection,” according to the report. Officers also found a large rock in the back seat of Rutherford’s car.

Rutherford was taken to the Lorain County Jail where he was being held on a $7,500 bond on Wednesday.

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