ELYRIA – Two men were arrested during a traffic stop Thursday, one of whom was charged in relation to two shootings earlier this week.
According to a press release from the Elyria Police Department, detectives observed Dejon Boone, 19, as the passenger in a 2013 Volkswagen sedan around 5:10 p.m. on Bond Street and when the vehicle turned onto Jefferson’s Alley they initiated a traffic stop.
Detectives noted “a strong smell of marijuana” coming from the car and after searching it, found a loaded Glock 30 handgun in the glove box along with 65 grams of marijuana and two scales.
Both Boone and the driver Adrian Oliver, 18, were charged with improper handling of firearms inside of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.
Additionally, Boone was charged with two counts of improperly discharging a firearm at or into a habitation, discharging a firearm on or near a prohibited premises or roadway, improper handling of a firearm inside a motor vehicle and felonious assault for his involvement in the Wednesday shooting at a Garden Street duplex.
No one was injured in the Garden Street incident, which occurred at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, but police found bullet holes from a .40-caliber gun going through the north side of a building from Allen Street.
Boone also was charged with felonious assault for his involvement in the Wednesday night shooting of Antwan Dormendo at Bailey’s Bar and Grill at 800 West River Road N.
Dormendo had just been released from prison a few days before the shooting. His connection to Boone is not yet known, police said.
Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said police were called to Bailey’s at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday to find a man with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot near a trash receptacle.
The man, identified as Dormendo, 25, of Cleveland, was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, and then flown by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Costantino said his injures were described as serious but not life-threatening.
“Detectives should be commended for their tireless work in identifying and arresting Boone without incident,” Costantino said. “Boone has shown a great propensity towards violence involving firearms, randomly firing aimlessly at his intended targets with an utter disregard for the safety of others.”
Costantino said the community is a safer place with Boone in custody.
Both were taken to the Lorain County Jail, where Oliver posted bond and was released.
According to jail records, Boone is still in custody and, according to court records, will be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday in Elyria Municipal Court.