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UPDATED: Police find assault suspect across town


LORAIN — A city man suspected of abducting and assaulting his girlfriend was arrested across town from where the alleged incident took place.

Isaac Legard, 34, of the 1600 block of Lehigh Avenue, was charged with abduction, aggravated menacing, assault and weapons under disability about 2 p.m. Tuesday at his mother’s house on the west side of Lorain.

Police received a call Tuesday that a woman might be in trouble in a house in the 1600 block of Lehigh, said police Capt. James McCann.

When officers arrived at the house, a woman came outside with a bruise on her chin and a swollen eye, McCann said. She told officers the suspect, whom she said was her boyfriend, was still inside the house.

Police surrounded the house and set up a barricade, and searched other areas of Lorain for the suspect, McCann said. A SWAT team and a police dog took part in the search.

McCann said Legard was found on the west side of Lorain at his mother’s home and taken into custody. McCann said police believe the woman was assaulted Monday night, and when she returned to the Legards home Tuesday, he held her against her will. Police never entered the Lehigh house because they did not have a search warrant, McCann said.

Legard has an extensive criminal record including convictions for assault, assault on a police officer, abduction, domestic violence and resisting arrest.

Legard was held without bond Tuesday night at Lorain City Jail. He is due in Lorain Municipal Court today.

Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.

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

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