ELYRIA — Two Lorain residents were arrested Monday after one of them allegedly pointed a gun at an Elyria woman’s vehicle as they drove on state Route 57 near Schaden Road.
Emilee Durda, 23, of the 2800 block of Colorado Avenue, is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. She was being held in Lorain County Jail on $10,000 bond.
The alleged gunman, Marvin Allison, 35, of the 1800 block of Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain, is charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, along with aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon, both first-degree misdemeanors. He was being held in Lorain County Jail on $2,500 bond.
Officers were called to Days Inn, 1825 Lorain Blvd., after a 43-year-old Elyria woman reported that a black male in a silver Buick pointed a gun at her as she and her 19-year-old daughter drove alongside it.
The Buick allegedly was driving “erratically” behind the alleged victim’s vehicle and nearly caused a collision, officers were told. As it passed the victim’s Chevrolet Malibu on the left, the victim said she gave the other vehicle the finger, according to a police report.
Durda, the driver, allegedly was “laughing hysterically” as she passed, while Allison, a front seat passenger, was pointing a gun at the victims and made a motion as if he were chambering a round in the semi-automatic handgun or “racking the slide,” according to the police report.
Durda’s erratic driving was forcing the Malibu off the road, and the victims reported via 911 that Durda had pulled into the Days Inn parking lot, according to police. Both parked, Allison got into the driver’s seat and the two groups again confronted each other, police said.
Allison allegedly shouted obscenities at the victims and challenged a male passenger in their vehicle to a fight, officers were told, then went inside the hotel.
Durda told officers that the victim nearly ran her vehicle off the road several times and that Allison pointed not a gun but a black hairbrush at the other vehicle. She allowed officers to search her vehicle, which did not contain a firearm but did have an empty box for a Glock 19 pistol in the trunk.
Despite saying the gun was with Allison’s brother — while Allison said his cousin had the gun that came in the box — Durda later admitted to an officer she hid the gun inside the hotel. She took them inside, and officers found the loaded 9 mm handgun under a couch cushion near the hotel’s party room.
Durda and Allison were arrested at the scene and taken to Lorain County Jail.