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Couple arrested, accused of attacking ex


ELYRIA — An Elyria couple was arrested yesterday after police say they attacked and threatened the man's ex.

Melvin Owens, 32, was charged with domestic violence, obstructing official business and resisting arrest, and Erica Morris, 20, was charged with assault and resisting arrest, according to a police report.

Officers were sent to the couple's home, in the 300 block of West River Road near Gyro House, about 5 p.m. after receiving a report of people fighting in the front yard.

As police tried to talk with the couple, Owens began to shout and scream and had to be told to quiet down so officers could hear Morris' account of what happened, the report said.

Owens continued to scream, telling officers "You can't (expletive) tell me what to do on my property," the report said.

In the meantime, Tabitha Marshall, 30, of Elyria went to the Elyria police station and requested LifeCare due to injuries she had sustained.

Morris then told officers that Marshall came over and threatened her, so she went outside and fought with her, the report said.

Owens continued yelling obscenities at police, and they attempted to place him under arrest. He pulled away, however, and officers had to take him to the ground to secure him in handcuffs, the report said.

As Owens was being arrested, Morris pushed an officer and screamed "Get the (expletive) off him!" the report said.

Officers then took Morris to the ground as well and took her into custody.

Marshall told police she went to Owens' home to discuss who would be claiming their children for tax purposes. She said that when she got there, Owens initially punched her in the face, and then both Owens and Morris punched, kneed and kicked her.

Marshall said they then began to drag her to the street and told her they were going to kill her.

According to the report, Marshall's 15-year-old daughter as well as a passer-by jumped into the fight.

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