ELYRIA — A Concord Avenue man was arrested Monday after scuffling with an Elyria police officer who identified him as a suspect in a car theft.
Zakariah King, 22, of the 300 block of Concord Avenue, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony, obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.
He was being held in Lorain County Jail on $18,000 cash or surety bond, along with an alleged probation violation, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office booking records.
Officers were called at 11:10 p.m. Monday to the 300 block of Concord Avenue for a report of a stolen gold Jeep with temporary tags leaving the area. Officer Anthony Camera responded and learned from a 23-year-old Marseilles Avenue woman who flagged him down that King had taken her car without her permission, according to a police report.
As Camera approached King’s residence, King came out and the victim pointed him out to the officer. Camera ordered King to get on the ground, but King pulled away as the officer tried to handcuff him, and a struggle began, according to the police report.
King pulled away and elbowed Camera in the bottom lip, police said. The two continued to struggle on the ground for several moments until Officer Joseph Figula arrived and helped Camera cuff King, who refused to stand up and had to be carried to the tree lawn, the police report stated.
King “screamed obscenities and thrashed around” in the back of Figula’s cruiser all the way to Lorain County Jail, and also allegedly threatened to sue “due to officers ‘beating his (expletive),’” according to the report.
No injuries were noted in the police report. Another officer found the vehicle parked in the 400 block of Concord Avenue, the report stated.
The alleged victim in this case, who declined to pursue theft charges against King, “became uncooperative” with officers and said she just wanted her car back and would not provide a statement, according to the police report.
Additional or amended charges are possible once the case is presented to a Lorain County grand jury. King has prior arrests for felonious assault, aggravated vehicular assault, domestic violence and several drunken driving arrests in Lorain County, according to the sheriff’s office.