ELYRIA — Two men are charged with multiple felonies Monday night after allegedly trying to rob a woman at knifepoint outside Walgreens on Cleveland Street, then allegedly trying to break into a Columbus Street residence shortly after.
A 17-year-old customer was outside Walgreens at 7:15 p.m. when police said she was approached by two men she didn’t recognize — identified by police as Daniel Kelly III, 18, of Lorain, and Ali Thompson, 20, of Elyria.
Kelly is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Elyria police. Thompson is charged with first-degree felony aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery and first-degree misdemeanor assault.
The victim told police she was getting into her car when the two men approached. Kelly opened the woman’s car door and told her that her brother owed them $50, police reported. The woman told police she did not know either man, and refused to pay.
Kelly then said “give me everything you got,” and pulled a silver-bladed folding knife, the woman told police.
Both men also appeared intoxicated and were holding beer cans, the victim reported. As the woman turned and placed her feet outside her car door, Thompson walked toward her and punched her in the right side of her head, causing her glasses to fall off, police said.
The woman took her car keys in her hand and began swinging at Kelly and Thompson, kicked at them with her back to her car, got in and locked the door, she told police. She was able to back them off, get into her vehicle and leave the scene, waiting for police in a Hilliard Road parking lot.
Approximately 30 minutes later, officers responded to a report of a burglary at a residence in the 200 block of Columbus Street, not far from Walgreens. Kelly and Thompson were arrested there, and the alleged victim was driven by them to see if she could recognize them and she did, police said.
The Columbus Street homeowner who reported the men to police said they were wearing dark clothing and when confronted about why they were walking near the back of his driveway, they said they were taking a shortcut to 29th Street, he told police.
The man told the subjects he was calling police. Later, two of his neighbors, a girlfriend and boyfriend, reported seeing Kelly banging on their back door, turning the knob trying to get inside the house. The girlfriend called police while the boyfriend told Kelly to leave, which he refused to do.
When the boyfriend opened the door, Thompson appeared and Kelly allegedly slashed at the man with his knife, missing his arm, police said. The suspects charged at the door, the man told police, but he closed it in time — slamming one of the suspects’ hands in the door, at which time they ran off.
Another officer, Anthony Weber, found Kelly and Thompson nearby, running westbound across St. Clair Street onto Ohio Street. At gunpoint, he ordered them to stop and get on the ground, which they refused to do, police said.
Kelly taunted Weber, challenging him to a fight by saying Weber “didn’t have the #$%% to shoot him,” Weber said. As Kelly closed to within reach, Weber kicked him in the midsection, “causing (Kelly) to fall back and stumble toward the ground.” Still at gunpoint, and refusing to get on the ground, his arms were pinned by officers and he was taken into custody, police said.
A knife was recovered from a nearby snow mound, and Kelly allegedly told officers: “I’ll take the rap for that.”
Kelly and Thompson were identified as being involved in the attempted burglary as well before being taken to the Lorain County Jail, according to Elyria police.
At the time of Monday’s incidents, Kelly was free on bond, charged with burglary in an Oct. 16 incident being investigated by the Lorain Police Department, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office records.
Thompson’s prior arrests include for underage drinking, obstructing official business, contempt of court and complicity, according to sheriff’s office records.