September 16, 2014

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13-year-old charged with attempted rape, burglary

ELYRIA — A 13-year-old boy who was found breaking into cars and sending explicit text messages from a stolen phone was charged after he broke into a teenager’s room this week and tried to sexually assault her, according to police.

He was charged with attempted rape and burglary Tuesday at his home on the 600 block of Delaware Avenue.

A 17-year-old girl said she was asleep in her room in the 600 block of Delaware Avenue about 5 a.m. Tuesday when she was awakened by the 13-year-old boy trying to pull off her pants. The girl said she yelled at the boy, who jumped through a  window and ran away from her house.

“It was scary. I was terrified,” she told The Chronicle-Telegram, adding that she tried to run out of her room but found her door locked.  She unlocked her door and went to her mother’s room, who called police.

An initial police report did not mention that the boy had tried to pull off the girl’s pants. The report also indicated that the girl had spent time with the 13-year-old in the past, but the 17-year-old said that was incorrect. She said that she recognized the boy from around her neighborhood but wasn’t friends with him.

“Sometimes things are lost in translation at that initial stage,” Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said, adding that Elyria
detectives went back to the girl’s home later Tuesday and got the correct information. “She was an innocent victim in this, clearly.”

They searched the girl’s room and found the suspect’s pants, a flashlight and money from the girl’s purse strewn across the floor, Costantino said.

Detectives got a description of the 13-year-old from the girl, who also told police he lived down the street. They went to his house Tuesday where they found the boy, still wearing some of the clothing he had on during the alleged break-in, according to Costantino. Officers took the boy into custody and charged him Tuesday.

“We were very happy that we were able to arrest him before anything else happened,” Costantino said, adding that the boy had a history with police.

According to Costantino, the boy was involved in a few car break-ins earlier in July. He was arrested after a July 6 incident when a man woke up around 6:45 a.m. to see the 13-year-old going through his car which was parked on the 700 block of Stanford Avenue, Costantino said.

The man called police and chased the teenager down the street before police found the boy and charged him with  burglary the same morning, Costantino said.

The boy also may have been involved in another theft when a woman told police her phone went missing from her car on
the 700 block of Cornell Avenue on July 1 or 2, according to Costantino.

The woman’s daughter started receiving explicit texts from the stolen phone, which later was found in the 13-year-old boy’s possession.

The boy was taken Tuesday to the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home.

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


  • Bob

    Career criminal and he is only 13. Wow. Nice parenting.

  • luvmytoaster

    This wasn’t his first charge and it won’t be his last, make a mental note of his name – I’m sure you will see it again and again after he is let out of Juvenile Detention.

  • Bill Love

    only one question where was his parents when this was going on

    • stargazer2012

      The problem is, there probably are no ‘parents’, women having babies by who knows who, no decent, hard working, law abiding father in the picture ….. I don’t think I need to go on.

    • grace

      His mom was in the hospital

  • Chan

    Either going into 8th or 9th depending on his birthdate. I would assume that his parent or parents were either sleep or up getting ready for work. How many parents go check on a child of that age every morning? If you do, you probably experienced issues in the past with them not being home when they should be or have had other trust issues in the past.

    • Bob

      This is a prime example on how Time Outs do not work.

      This kid needs to be taken out into the wood shed and have the holy hell beaten out of him. If that is to much for some of you sensitive parents. To DAMN bad.

      Start being a disciplinarian to your kids, instead of being their friend.

      • Chan

        I’ve said this hundreds of times Bob….Geesh when will parents get it?

        • HankKwah

          You can keep asking that, but the answer will remain the same: For most parents, probably never.

    • Bill Love

      like when your child gets caught breaking into cars you might want to discipline them and keep a eye on them

      • Chan

        He broke into cars and was arrested, what was his punishment? These accusations took place earlier this month which means their was no consequences for his actions from his parents.

    • Erica Pinkston

      My son is 12 and has never left the house without permission I do still check on him before I go to bed, if I wake in the middle of the night, and when I wake up in the morning. It’s not about thinking he won’t be there, it is about being a mom and knowing that he is ok. I do this with all of my kids. Trust and believe if any of my kids were getting into this kind of trouble I would do more than check on them a couple times each night! I don’t think every little thing a child does can be blamed on the parents but if your child is in this much trouble at 13 years old obviously something isn’t right. If he has been out in the middle of the night breaking into peoples cars and has been arrested for it don’t you think you should keep a little better eye on him?

      • Chan

        Erika I too checked on my kids prior to me going to bed, however I never checked on them in the morning- especially during the summer unless I had a reason to. I think that if a child is getting in trouble as much as this kid did in such a short period of time, he should have been in the detention home. I’m assuming his parent or parents didn’t have control over him which unfortunately we read about way too often.

    • Howard Ellsworth

      It states in the article that he was arrested prior to this so his “parents” should be checking on him. Horrible parenting. As parents we need to stop trying to be our children’s friend and show them discipline in life. Then maybe America will change!

  • oldruss

    If the Juvenile Court doesn’t come down hard on this little whelp, he’ll be in adult criminal court as soon as he turns 18 if not sooner.

  • Mobetta Jenkem

    Those darned Norwegians are at it again, we see…

  • Simon Jester

    Never an angry mob from Garden street around when you need it…

  • grannyof6

    “The woman’s daughter started receiving explicit texts from the stolen phone, which later was found in the 13-year-old boy’s possession”. If the mother made this statement and the girl didn’t know the boy except for seeing him in the neighborhood how did he have her cell phone number to send her these “explicit” texts from someone else’s stolen phone? How did he know which bedroom was hers, and who locked her bedroom door if she was sleeping? The kid knew enough to lock the bedroom door and then escape through the bedroom window? Something doesn’t sound right here.

    • David Christy

      He may have found the girls name and info in the stolen phone’s contacts.

  • Chan

    Glad they changed the headline of this article to correctly reflect his charges.

  • ernie t boomer

    Some serious TNB, I am surprised at the ripe old age of 13 it is only rapin and robbin, usually they beez murderin by this age.