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Police say man took ex-girlfriend from her home against her will


ELYRIA — An Elyria man was arrested overnight after police say he forced his ex-girlfriend from her home.

Abraham Reynolds III, 39, was charged with kidnapping, aggravated burglary and possession of marijuana, according to a police report.

Brenda Milton called police to an apartment at 290 Washington Ave. at 12:50 a.m. and told them her daughter, Jasmine Johnson, 35, was taken from the home by Reynolds after he kicked the door in.

Johnson's son, Eric Mitchell, 19, told police he was sitting on the couch when he saw Reynolds kick in the front door and barge into the apartment. Mitchell said Reynolds grabbed his mother forcibly by the arm and led her from the apartment, possibly with a knife held to her side.

Officers checked addresses for Reynolds on both Beebe Avenue and Adams Street.

The officers in the 1000 block of Adams Street saw Johnson running from a home with Reynolds following her. Reynolds was taken into custody.

Johnson, who was visibly shaken, told officers she had ended a long relationship with Reynolds several months ago, and he was not permitted to be in her apartment, the report said. She told officers that after he kicked in the door she asked him to speak with her in the hallway to keep him out of the apartment and away from her son.

She said that Reynolds then dragged her by her arm and hair into his vehicle. As he drove, Reynolds told her that "if he could not have her, then nobody else could," the report said, and also made a reference to wanting to watch her suffer a slow death.

Once they were at his home on Adams Street, Johnson told police that Reynolds soon went to the basement, and she was able to run out of the house, where she was met by officers.

Reynolds followed Johnson out of the house, and officers separated and questioned the pair. As he was being taken into custody, officers found a baggy of suspected marijuana in Reynolds' pocket.

He was taken to the Lorain County Jail.

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