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Police: Elyria man tried to run over girlfriend, her daughter

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    Jamil Johnson

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ELYRIA — Police say an Elyria man tried to run over his girlfriend and her daughter with an SUV as they stood in front of their house and then tried to flee.

Jamil Johnson, 44, was charged with two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies, domestic violence with two prior convictions, a third-degree felony, obstructing official business and resisting arrest, both second-degree misdemeanors, and taken to Lorain County Jail.

Bond was set at $84,000 during his arraignment Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court, according to court records.

Officers were dispatched at 10:44 p.m. Tuesday to Johnson’s residence in the 300 block of 11th Street for a fight in the front yard, called in by a neighbor. As they arrived, they saw a red SUV turn down the 10th Street Alley, according to a police report.

No fight was found, but officers saw a man open the front door of the residence and step out onto the porch, then “quickly” go back inside as he saw officers approach.

As an officer stood watch on the back door, two victims were found in the front yard. The officer in the back saw the same man who walked onto the front porch run out the back door. The man was ordered to stop and instead ran toward the front of the house, where he ran directly into a police sergeant, was ordered to the ground and arrested without incident.

Officers identified the man as Johnson, who would not get into the back of a police cruiser, he said, because “he was claustrophobic,” according to the police report.

Johnson finally sat in the back of the cruiser but refused to put his legs in the vehicle, so an officer pulled him inside, and he pushed against the officer. He was then removed from the cruiser and placed on the ground until he calmed down and was taken to a different cruiser, which he got in without incident, police said.

The incident began with Johnson and one of the alleged victims arguing about Johnson taking the red SUV officers saw earlier, and ended when Johnson “slammed” the woman in the middle of the street and she called 911, the police report stated.

Johnson then took the SUV, which he drove through a yard on 11th Street, hitting a trash can, and almost striking both women as they stood on the lawn, police reported. He later parked the vehicle in the 10th Street Alley and returned on foot, police reported.

Johnson’s prior domestic violence convictions were in Cook County, Illinois, in January 2011 and February 2001, according to Elyria police. In addition, his computerized criminal history is 36 pages long, an officer wrote in the report, “with offenses ranging from high tier drug possession to numerous domestic violence cases.”

Officers later returned to the scene after determining that one of the alleged victims, 39-year-old Chiomi Cannon, had earlier given her daughter’s name, a date of birth in December 1998 and a false Social Security number and said she was fine and no longer needed help after they responded earlier in the evening to the same residence after a 911 hang-up call from there.

Cannon told officers she had an argument with her boyfriend, “Terrance Snyder,” and that she was OK. When officers returned after finding out her real identity, they met an 18-year-old man who would not give his name but allegedly said “the female officers were looking for was his mother” but said she was not there and would not give them her name.

He then called his sister, who said Cannon gave officers her name when identifying herself. When officers ran Cannon’s name, they found she had a warrant for her arrest issued to the Rocky River Police Department and sought out a warrant charging her with obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.

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