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Lorain man indicted in burglary

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    Matthew Bell



ELYRIA — A Lorain man was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, intimidation and other charges in connection with two incidents in which he tried to rob people at one residence and tried to assault a woman at another.

Matthew Bell, 29, of Tower Boulevard, was indicted on felony counts of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons while under disability, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Most of the counts in the indictment also include two gun specifications that, upon conviction, carry a mandatory prison sentence.

There also was a second indictment in which Bell is charged with felony counts of intimidation, assault, obstructing official business and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

The alleged incidents took place on Dec. 1 and Dec. 6, according to the indictments, but Lorain County prosecutors said that while the incidents weren’t related, one led to the other.

On Dec. 1, Bell went to a home and attempted to rob the residents there, Prosecutor Dennis Will said.

“He goes to a residence on Reeves Avenue in Lorain and attempts to, for lack of a better word, extort money from them at gunpoint,” Will said. “That does not go well, and he flees.”

Lorain police were called and began an investigation the incident. Police got a break in the case five days later, Will said.

“He resides in a duplex over on F Street with a female friend or companion. The female friend or companion has a relative that lives on the other side of the duplex,” Will said. “He gets into an argument with the female friend or companion, and she flees to the other side of the residence. He goes after her, and they call the police.”

The woman and her relative told police they believed Bell may have had a gun on him. While investigating the Dec. 6 incident, police were able to link Bell to the Dec. 1 incident, Will said.

When police tried to arrest him, Bell didn’t go quietly, Will said.

“They end up having to tussle with him and take him to the hospital for injuries,” he said. “He caused some injuries to the police officers while resisting arrest.”

Bell was being held at Lorain County Jail on $50,000 bond, according to jail records.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.
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