ELYRIA — A Lorain man who bolted out of a county courtroom when a judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail for not paying child support was quickly caught and charged with escape and resisting arrest, a deputy’s report said.
Alexander Legg Sr., 34, of Lorain, also was charged with vandalism for tearing a swinging entry door from its hinges when he fled from a deputy who was trying to arrest him after the judge handed down the sentence, the report said.
At about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Legg appeared in Domestic Relations Judge David Basinski’s fourth-floor courtroom in the County Justice Center on a child support case.
He owed $24,000 in back pay for child support, Bailiff Tony Piwinski said.
Deputy Thomas Gillette was about 10 feet behind Legg when Basinski announced the sentence, and Gillette was about to handcuff Legg when he dashed out of the courtroom, Gillette’s report said.
On the way out, Legg ran through a small swinging door in the courtroom, ripping it off its hinges, the report said.
Gillette caught up with Legg in the confined vestibule area leading into the courtroom, where a bystander tried to help the deputy secure Legg. But after a brief struggle, Legg tore free and headed to the common area in the hallway, the report said.
Gillette received help from another bystander in the hallway.
There, Gillette pulled out his Taser and threatened to shoot it at Legg if he didn’t stop. He did, police said.
Legg was quickly handcuffed and hauled back to Basinski’s courtroom.
“The judge said, ‘You didn’t help yourself,’” Piwinski said.
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