December 20, 2014

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Lorain man accused of holding infant out window of moving car

Robert Starr

Robert Starr

LORAIN – Police are looking for a Lorain man who they believe dangled his 5-month-old son out of a car window as he drove down the street last weekend.

At about noon on Saturday, police met with Melissa Ortiz, who said she was returning home on the 1700 block of East 32nd Street with the 5-month-old son she and Robert Starr, 21, have together when she saw Starr trying to climb through the window of her house.

Ortiz, who has a temporary protection order against Starr, picked up their son in his car seat and ran from the house, followed by Starr, according to a police report. He caught her in front of the house, pulled their son from her hands and put him in the front seat of his car. He started to drive away from the house and Ortiz jumped into the car, according to the report. Starr drove down Pearl Avenue and then North Ridge Road, at which point he grabbed their son and held him out of the window, with the child still strapped in his car seat.

Ortiz climbed into the front seat and started grabbing at her son, trying to pull the infant back into the car. Shortly after Ortiz pulled the child back inside, Starr stopped the car and tried to talk to her, according to the report.

Instead of talking, Ortiz took their son and ran from the car to her sister’s house on the 1700 block of East 32nd Street, where she called police.

Officers arrived at the area and spoke to a witness who corroborated Ortiz’s story.

Ortiz had scratches on her neck and signed an affidavit for domestic violence and a temporary protection order against Starr.

Officers are still looking for Starr. Anyone with information about Starr should call police at 204-2100.

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