ELYRIA — A week after he was accused of assaulting a 47-year-old man who refused to give him a ride, an Elyria man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a charge of aggravated menacing for pulling a gun on the same alleged victim and accusing him of “snitching” to police.
Darryl Pruitt Jr., 34, of the 200 block of 14th Street, was arrested on a charge of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was being held without bond pending a court appearance. He also faces a first-degree misdemeanor charge of assault for the previous incident involving the same alleged victim, and was free on bond in that case Tuesday when the most recent incident occurred.
Officers were dispatched to West Avenue and 15th Street at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday after the victim reported that Pruitt drove up next to him as he was walking on West Avenue near 11th Street, pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and yelled, “Why are you snitching on me? I’m gonna kill you.”
The week before, the victim had signed charges against Pruitt after Pruitt became angry that the victim wouldn’t “drive him around” and physically assaulted him, according to Elyria police. Pruitt was charged in Elyria Municipal Court and released on bond in that case.
A police report noted the victim said Pruitt never pointed the gun at him, and he ran north on West Avenue with Pruitt following in a gold Nissan SUV. Pruitt stopped near 10th Street and got out again, but the victim was able to seek help from a nearby city worker.
Pruitt fled before police arrived. The victim “advised he was in fear for his life and since the assault, has been dealing with Pruitt’s threats,” according to the police report.
Four hours later, an officer saw Pruitt leave an apartment in the 100 block of Bohannon Court and arrested him without incident, according to the police report.