September 23, 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.


  • luvmytoaster

    I hope I’m wrong but she’ll probably return to him after all is said and done…..

  • Don Grantzki

    Rhodes Scholar candidate #1.

  • John Demirjian

    ANOTHER CLOWN OF COLOR DOING STUPID THINGS TO BETTER HIS RACE. IT’S CRAP.

    • It has to stop

      It’s too bad someone didn’t slap the stupid out of you when you were back in Elyria Aug 1st.

      • John Demirjian

        To hell with you, partner.

        • It has to stop

          Your’re correct. doesn’t make you any less stupid though. How many of your EHS class of 64 classmates at your reunion know you are an ignorant racist?

          • john lewis

            Maybe Demirjian isn’t an ignorant racist at all. Maybe his observations have some validity to them. There seems to be a LOT of black crime in Elyria and Lorain according to simply following the Chronicle newspaper.

        • It has to stop

          Was this you in high school John. Is this what happened to you?

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skwszyB46gk

          • John Demirjian

            I’ve had some nasty race-related tangles in my formative adult years and it just opened my eyes that most blacks do not like white, and the feeling is mutual with me these days.

      • Joe Smith

        If they slapped the stupid out of him there would be nothing left but skin!

        • john lewis

          Nobody should consider that maybe, maybe he right in his observation. There are two sides to every story.

          • Joe Smith

            Even if true, it does not mean it has to be thrown in everybodies face constantly. It does no good and just promotes more racism.
            The same can be said about playing the race card constantly.
            I wish both sides would just shut up about it.

  • John Demirjian

    The Chronicle Thought Police are censoring once again. My comment it that we have another black man along with a white man in the news displaying conduct that makes us critical of people in general who live in the Lorain County area.

    • silkskin1960

      Every city….every County has crime. Lorain County is no better or worse than the others…..

      • John Demirjian

        Too much crime in Elyria and Lorain.

    • Otter

      Had that actually been your post it would not have been deleted.

      • John Demirjian

        Of course not, it isn’t the original post. The original post was the truth.

    • Chan

      Interesting that your a blatant racist yet probably don’t live in the area which makes you get way with stupid comments. You obviously feel inferior to blacks which is why you have the bottled up hostility.

      • John Demirjian

        I feel Blacks do not pull their weight in our society. Simple as it is.

        • Chan

          Pull their weight this country was built on the shoulders of blacks.

          • john lewis

            You’re wrong, Chan, whites built this country. There were as many indentured white servants as there were black slaves, just slavery by another name.

          • Chan

            The white slaves were far and in between in comparison to the so called negros who were sold by the Afrikans and shipped here .

          • SniperFire

            Actually, this County was built by the industrial revolution. By that time, blacks had become obsolete farm equipment.

          • SniperFire

            You do realize that is a blatantly racist remark which the moderators will not delete?

          • john lewis

            Sniper, perhaps the comments are made with intellectual exchange in mind. Just because someone has had a bad experience with a black person doesn’t call for the race card to be played all the time.

          • SniperFire

            Just pointing out the double standard, John. Whenever polled, blacks readily admit to being far more racist than other races. The opposite is always pretended in the media and in supposed ‘intellectual exchange.’

  • silkskin1960

    yeah…..he done the wrong thing now…..smh

  • Scout

    HANG HIM!!!!

    • Average Joe

      Wow. you are a meany!

      • Scout

        NO I’m a mommy…

  • Average Joe

    Geez, we all did stupid stuff when we were younger.

    • Phil Blank

      Yes, but not the crszy stupid things they do today.
      Back then, you got punishment, today, they talk to you telling you were a bad boy or girl, then you go out anf do it again.

  • Elder DrThomas C. Horton

    First of all instead judging someone pray for them. Pray that God would heal them, straighten them. And bless them because only he c as n see up the road and able to carry the load. God bless all who reads and comment as well as the child and the family.

    • Chan

      Prayer without action and change is useless.

    • SniperFire

      Notice the call is never for cultural introspection and the taking of any personal responsibility.

    • Awoon

      Why ask other people to pray. Your God isn’t even hearing you.

  • levtrotsky

    Vote straight Democratic ticket & Re Elect Judge Ewers!

    • Joe Smith

      Not enough damage done for you yet?

  • Phil Blank

    I didn’t know a car seat would fit through an open car window?

  • Chan

    I know this young mans family and he has had issues since his mother passed away unexpectedly a few years ago. I hope he has been in contact with his sister and she can get him to turn himself in. The young lady he has a child with is bipolar and the two of them together are toxic.

    • john lewis

      He doesn’t have to act like an animal though.

      • Chan

        Totally agreed and wasn’t making an excuse for his actions if what is being reported is true.

    • SniperFire

      Where is the father? Yes. That was joke.

  • john lewis

    Is it only me who sees it, but is there a pattern where the Black community always has a representative of its criminal nature coming on the front news of Elyria? Sad.

    • Chan

      Representative? I must have missed that post and how can you tell the color of a person by a post?

      • john lewis

        Chan, come on. Get involved. There are way more blacks disproportionately given as criminals than white people on the pages of the CT. They only represent 12% of America’s population, yet are consistently responsible as a group for 50% of all crime in our country. That’s not racist, that’s a fact here and now. It is fair to note this fact because we see a LOT of black faces in the headlines given as involved in criminal activity. We also see white faces, but statistically not as many. I visited Elyria recently and found an overall fear of black people amongst the whites who would discuss the racial issue. It wasn’t my imagination either, but a reality. There seems to be a pattern arising as to who is responsible for much of the general crimes in Elyria and Lorain.

        • Chan

          Do you not believe the news is bias? I do feel what is reported and considered news worthy to be disproportioned when it comes to black vs white offenders. Fear of blacks are you serious? How often does a group of blacks or any minority attack someone solely because of the color of their skin? Now answer the same question regarding whites. Even white aren’t save when it comes to their “own people”. Hitler and others slaughtered people who look just like you.

  • killamilla

    What’s funny is you guys comment racist stuff on here but won’t comment on the teacher texting students for nude pics or all the other child molesters!! Let’s here the excuses.

    • Chan

      That’s because crimes against our children, mass school shootings, etc are normally committed by whites and they deflect the attention away from those type of articles and only comment when they think Obama is the blame or a person of color/Hispanic makes the news.

  • SniperFire

    dude looks to have an IQ equivalent to his shoe size.