ELYRIA – A concerned citizen stopped the beating of a 43-year-old man and helped police get a stolen gun off the street with her keen eye and willingness to get involved, said Police Capt. Chris Costantino.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the woman, who lives on Sumner Street, called 911 after noticing three men in her neighborhood, including one man she said was holding a gun. She thought their behavior was suspicious so she called police, Costantino said.
While on the phone with police, the woman got into her car and began following the trio.
Once the three were near the intersection of East Broad Street and Kipling Street near the Circle K Store, the men began punching and kicking a 43-year-old Bell Avenue man.
“This woman slammed on her brakes, started honking her horn and told the men she was on the phone with the police,” Costantino said. “This was enough to stop the attack and they took off running across Kipling toward the (shuttered) Elyria fire station back toward Sumner.”
As officers arrived, a second 911 call was received about a possible carjacking in the area, but Costantino said the incident was actually the attacked man who ran into the street and attempted to jump into a passing car to flee his attackers.
“The car was locked and the person did not stop,” Costantino said.
The woman gave police a description of the men.
Thursday morning, officers arrested Jamy Mack, 30, of Elyria in the parking lot of 1930 Fowl Road. Police charged him with aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property for a loaded 9mm handgun in his possession. The gun was reported stolen out of Franklin County.
Police continue to look for two men, described as a white male around 50- to 60-years-old wearing glasses and a black leather jacket and a heavyset male of unknown race wearing all black.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (440) 323-3302.