ELYRIA – A 34-year-old Elyria man was in critical condition from a suspected drug overdose after police say he and another friend beat up a 22-year-old who was attempting to buy drugs.
Chad Vance, 34, was in critical condition at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center after he was left in the parking lot of the Train Station bar on East River Street early Friday.
Police have charged David West, 35, of Second Street, Elyria, with aggravated robbery.
Capt. Chris Costantino said West and Vance were at the Train Station bar when they were approached by the 22-year-old who was boasting to people in the bar that he had a lot of cash on him.
Costantino said surveillance video from the bar shows that West, Vance, and the 22-year-old left together in a car after the conversation turned toward drugs.
About an hour later, at 2 a.m. Friday, Costantino said the car returns and the surveillance video shows West pulling Vance out of the car, putting him on the ground, rummaging through his wallet and then leaving.
Costantino said people at the bar noticed Vance was in medical distress and called 911 and an ambulance took Vance to the hospital.
While police were investigating at the Train Station, bar patrons told officers about the 22-year-old who was with Vance and West, Costantino said.
“The 22-year-old had $1,000 on his person and was not shy about it at the bar and was buying people drinks and things of that nature,” Costantino said.
Detectives went to the 22-year-old’s house where Costantino said he appeared to be intoxicated and his face was swollen.
The 22-year-old told detectives that he left the bar with Vance and West but felt uneasy. When the car was stopped on Georgetown Avenue, the 22-year-old jumped out and started to run but tripped on a curb and fell. Costantino said at that point, West and Vance robbed the 22-year-old and assaulted him.
At some point, Costantino said, Vance started to have medical issues and that’s when West left the 22-year-old and drove back to the bar and pulled Vance from the car in the parking lot.
The incident is still under investigation.
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