December 22, 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.