September 30, 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.


  • luvmytoaster

    Wow, he’s been stalking her for a year? This could have ended up so badly – I hope the girl had a protection order on file but it doesn’t sound like it….hopefully she will sign one now.

    • Bob

      A protection order is nothing but a piece of paper to guy like this d-bag. What she need is to get a CCW.

    • Chan

      Police can only respond to “shots fired”, that piece of paper means NOTHING!

  • Sis Delish

    Damn Knives!

  • Otter

    He was going to challenge the new boyfriend to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors…he couldn’t find scissors so he brought a knife…….

  • DonMega

    He got knives,he got large rocks but he don’t got bond money-get a job.

  • John Demirjian

    Another oxygen thief off the streets. Nobody needs them.

  • lucille colman

    if ex-girlfriend is so fearful of this young man why did she dropped their son off at his house the night he went to jail and she let him keep their child three times a week and the truth is she went to Kentucky to go to school and not to get away from this young man.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Maybe she’s worried because HE HAS A KNIFE OUTSIDE HER HOUSE?

      • Prentice Reid

        Or….I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say Lucille is telling the truth here. You do know that women who claim someone is stalking them can lie right Larry? Like as in women are capable of lying? Never heard of it right?

        • Prentice Reid

          Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty? Doesn’t ring a bell right?

          • Bill

            Except for that nagging little thing called a knife he was carrying on him when he went to her house.

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          “Rutherford told police he was looking for the man who he thought was at his ex-girlfriend’s house…”

          Wake up, Prentice.

    • Chan

      When he does bodily harm to this young lady, let’s remember that Lucille colman defended him….she must be a family member or the side chick.

  • Chan

    I hope she has a ccw because she is going to need it.

  • Pablo Jones

    Geez I will never bring anyone a wrapped gift of steak knives. I’d be arrested for having a whole set of concealed weapons.