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Angry girlfriend allegedly trashes TV, chases boyfriend down street while wielding knife


ELYRIA — A city woman is accused of chasing her boyfriend with a knife, pouring bleach on his clothes and throwing a television out a second-floor window, which landed on his pickup, smashing the windshield.

Tyesha Rhinehardt was charged with burglary and domestic violence over two incidents at 751 Infirmary Road, the last about 3:40 a.m. Saturday. Police said they initially went to the home about 3:05 a.m. over a criminal damaging complaint, according to Officer Charles McArthur’s report.

Rhinehardt was drunk, screaming profanities and throwing clothing and household items around the front yard and driveway, McArthur wrote. A TV, apparently thrown from the second floor, was on top of the pickup.

Keith Herman, Rhinehardt’s boyfriend and the father of their 3-year-old child, said Rhinehardt came home enraged because Herman had been sleeping and hadn’t answered her seven phone calls. Herman said she dumped bleach on his clothes and destroyed two TVs. Herman said he went outside because of the anger Rhinehardt displayed.

Police said Rhinehardt agreed to sleep it off, and Herman said he would stay at a home at 759 Infirmary for the night, so police left. They returned after a report that Rhinehardt was chasing Herman with a knife.

Neighbors at 759 Infirmary said Rhinehardt chased Herman down the street with a knife and threw it at him before entering their home uninvited. The report said that Rhinehardt was arrested in the home and the knife was recovered on the street with the blade in the ground and the handle in the air.

Rhinehardt, 32, was being held without bond at the Lorain County Jail on Sunday night.

Rhinehardt’s criminal record includes convictions for domestic violence, drunken driving and theft.

She is due in Elyria Municipal Court today.

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