ELYRIA— A domestic disturbance early Wednesday afternoon -- and possible violent assault -- in a vehicle outside the Midway Mall that prompted a heavy Elyria Police presence resulted in no injuries or immediate arrests, a police spokesman said.
Officers responded to the parking lot outside the Best Buy at 6650 Midway Blvd. after witnesses said a woman in her 30s was "yelling for help" and accompanied by a man who allegedly forced her into a light-colored vehicle after throwing items from inside the vehicle onto the pavement, Elyria Police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said.
Items seen on the ground included a white blanket or sheet, which panicked several customers outside who thought it covered a body (it did not). A bottle of lotion, a container of body wash or soap, a brush and a dark jacket also were on the ground, surrounded by police cruisers.
Earlier reports the female victim may have been stabbed were unfounded, Costantino said later after officers found the vehicle, a silver Chevrolet HHR, at the Elyria Public Library's West River Branch at 1194 West River Road North.
The situation turned out to be a "verbal argument" between the man and woman, who was not stabbed, he said. There were no weapons involved and none found in the vehicle. The woman was safe, Costantino said.
"We didn't want anyone thinking we had a gravely injured woman in the backseat of a car somewhere," he said.
Costantino said no charges were immediately filed, as officers were "still sorting out" exactly what occurred as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.