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Elyria police arrest alleged third-story burglar

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    Richard Marshall

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ELYRIA — Spider-Man he’s not.

Officers caught a suspected burglar Tuesday morning on the third-floor balcony of a Fowl Road apartment complex after a resident called the Elyria Police Department to report the man attempting to break in through his window.

Richard Marshall, 37, of the 3600 block of Amherst Avenue in Lorain, is charged with burglary, a fourth-degree felony, according to Elyria police. Taken to Lorain County Jail, he was being held Tuesday on $5,000 bond, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office booking records.

According to a police report, four officers responded at 4:20 a.m. to a report by a resident that “an unknown male was attempting to gain access into the residence through a balcony window and had broken the window.”

“It is important to note that (the apartment) is a third floor residence,” an officer noted in his narrative of the incident.

As officers were en route, a second call came in to dispatchers that a second male on the line was “on the balcony and he was trying to get into his residence,” according to the report.

The resident of the apartment, a 26-year-old man who had lived there alone for about a year, met officers and said he did not know who the man on the balcony was, according to the police report.

The man on the balcony, later identified as Marshall, was taken into custody without incident. Marshall allegedly “insisted the residence was his but had no property in the residence,” and also allegedly said he hadn’t been there “in several months but decided to come back to the residence this night,” the report stated.

Without keys, Marshall allegedly “decided to climb the three stories to the third floor balcony,” and “claimed all he did was knock on the window,” before refusing to answer officers’ questions, the report stated.

Officers believed Marshall to have “some type of mental health issues,” according to the report.

The resident told officers he was woken up by Marshall pounding on his window, “demanding to be let into his residence and stating the residence was his.” The resident refused and called police, at which time Marshall allegedly “advised he was the police and demanded to be allowed inside,” showing the resident an ID card, then breaking the window, the report stated.

The resident armed himself with a hunting rifle for protection, told Marshall to stay out and called police, according to the report.

Marshall also recently had an encounter with Lorain police after allegedly entering a residence in that city that also was not his, according to Elyria police.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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