July 31, 2014

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UPDATED: Police find assault suspect across town

The Lorain Police SWAT team moves forward to a house on Lehigh Avenue in Lorain on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

The Lorain Police SWAT team moves forward to a house on Lehigh Avenue in Lorain on Tuesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — A city man suspected of abducting and assaulting his girlfriend was arrested across town from where the alleged incident took place.

Isaac Legard

Isaac Legard

Isaac Legard, 34, of the 1600 block of Lehigh Avenue, was charged with abduction, aggravated menacing, assault and weapons under disability about 2 p.m. Tuesday at his mother’s house on the west side of Lorain.

Police received a call Tuesday that a woman might be in trouble in a house in the 1600 block of Lehigh, said police Capt. James McCann.

When officers arrived at the house, a woman came outside with a bruise on her chin and a swollen eye, McCann said. She told officers the suspect, whom she said was her boyfriend, was still inside the house.

Police surrounded the house and set up a barricade, and searched other areas of Lorain for the suspect, McCann said. A SWAT team and a police dog took part in the search.

McCann said Legard was found on the west side of Lorain at his mother’s home and taken into custody. McCann said police believe the woman was assaulted Monday night, and when she returned to the Legards home Tuesday, he held her against her will. Police never entered the Lehigh house because they did not have a search warrant, McCann said.

Legard has an extensive criminal record including convictions for assault, assault on a police officer, abduction, domestic violence and resisting arrest.

Legard was held without bond Tuesday night at Lorain City Jail. He is due in Lorain Municipal Court today.

Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.

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

  • Phil Blank

    Next time, wait until you have more info.

    • Jeff

      eager beavers….lol

  • Joe Smith

    Is there any situation where they don’t use a SWAT team anymore?

    • Bob

      I don’t know. Is there going to be a story about law enforcement were you aren’t going to complain about how they do their job??

      • Joe Smith

        When they do a good job I won’t complain about it, when tax dollars are wasted and they use excessive force, I will complain about it as it is my right to do so. The over militarization of the police and other PC garbage is why I got out of law enforcement.
        SWATS original use was supposed to be occasional, not at every drop of the hat like it is now.

        And Bob, you might want to click on your name and check out the posts you make, you complain and make negative comments plenty yourself

        • Bob

          So you were in law enforcement?

          How is using the SWAT team for an unknown situation, excessive?? They had no idea what they had inside that house. Hence the use of the SWAT team. I think they did exactly what they need to do.

          And most of my negative comments are towards the dumba$$ criminals and the idiots who defend them.

          • Phil Blank

            And you are a cop, or ex-cop or some other former law officer?

          • Joe Smith

            Phil
            Former deputy what is turning into quite a while ago ( getting old)

          • Joe Smith

            By your logic, every situation is an unknown and SWAT should be used for everything.
            What they did know ( of course this is based on a news article so take it with a grain of salt) is that it was for a low level crime and instead of using armored cars and dozens of officers with assault rifles ( Man hours) they could have picked him up later or put a one or two man team to look for him saving the taxpayers money and the officers still would have gone home safe.
            I am all for officer safety, but overdoing it like this is way too much and a waste of tax money in my opinion.
            He was arrested on the other side of town without SWAT wasn’t he?
            Here they are overdoing it wasting money and then their hand is out asking for more money because they can’t work in the budget they have now.

          • Falisha Bisceglia

            they did what they had to do the criminal had a guns and multiple guns so wtg lpd

          • Joe Smith

            Show me in the article where they had a gun, a weapon under disability could be a knife or a bat or anything

          • Vicki

            He had 2 guns it was my daughter he beat her for hours with the gun put it in her mouth and played Russian roulette for hours he beat her find out the facts before you judge. What if it was your daughter or sister or mother???

          • Joe Smith

            What I would do , I will not put in writing and I hope you get to do what you need to do, good luck.

        • Bill

          They do a good job every time they all come home to their loved ones. Can’t put a price on that.

          • david

            their job is not to come home their to their loved ones, it is to do their job…that is why police will always rate way behind military…for military mission first, for cops come home first and collect union wages and benefits, why I hate seeing military on honors on civil servants

          • Scout

            Shame on you David. If you didn’t have the police safe guarding your streets and community you’d feel like you were living in Baghdad. You need to rethink your position. Maybe you have had some unpleasant encounters with the police but that doesn’t make ALL police bad.

          • Joe Smith

            I disagree, their first job is to go home to their family.
            No officer sat on his death bed and said” I sure wish I would have made more busts and spent less time with my family”

          • Joe Smith

            Bill
            It can be done safely with much less force and yes we all want them to get home safe.

      • Phil Blank

        If it was that bad, how did she get the 911 out?
        Speaking of which, will weever hear that 911?
        I doubt it.

        • Falisha Bisceglia

          her daughter called them cuz she knew somethin was wrong

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.holbrook.90 Pat Holbrook

    I HAVE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE DISPATURE IS A SENILE OLD LADY. DID THEY HIRE MOLNAR?

    • WTFnext

      Your intelligence level doesn’t seem too high either, so I would refrain from commenting if I were you. Don’t you mean: “I have come to the conclusion”… ? Dispatcher is also misspelled. Talk about senility! Or is it just stupidity?

  • Starryeyes63

    well at least another scum bag (thug) is off the streets.

  • givemeabreak1234

    I think this story would have been more understandable if the lady didn’t just walk out the front door. I mean really overtime, and you don’t even know if the guy is in there? what kind of barricade did you set up. this is almost as bad as the guy they left in the house for three hours after he shot himself while we paid swat to stand outside. or maybe the hunt for the officer down. I think we have a case of Keystone Cops.

  • Greg Staller

    If the woman came out of the house and suspect was already gone, how did he hpld her against her will? Sounds like police misinformation to me

  • WTFnext

    All of this and she will probably want to drop the charges because she “LOVES” him and he said he was sorry and wouldn’t do it again. LOL. Right!!

  • Scout

    Read his record. These types of criminals have a tendency to escalate and the police didn’t know what they were getting into. To us it may seem like over kill. For them it was safety.

  • Scout

    Vicki for your daughter’s sake, and all other women out there, I certainly hope she doesn’t drop the charges. He needs to be incarcerated and the key thrown away. Next time it could be much worse.

    • Vicki

      Yes scout we plan to take it all the way when we are done he may be under the jail . She knows she has to take it all the way she has children and she wants to let them know its not cool to do what he did .

      • Scout

        Good. Hope all turns out well for her and the children when this is behind her. Good luck.