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Man charged with breaking St. Joe's window; says 'the voices' told him to do it


LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested Friday at St. Joseph Center after he allegedly broke a window leading to a security office, saying “the voices” told him to do it.

Tiffany McPherson, a security officer working Friday night, told police that the man had also threatened to kill her as he struck the window pane near her with a hammer.

The man, 53-year-old Geronimo Reyna, was still on the scene when officers arrived. He was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing, aggravated trespass, criminal damaging and possession of criminal tools.

Officers arrived at St. Joseph Center, 205 W. 20th St., at 11:29 p.m. to find Reyna was sitting on a bench outside the security office in the parking garage, according to a police report.

Reyna admitted to breaking the window and told police “the voices told me to do it.” Police said Reyna told officers that he didn’t want to hurt anybody.

Police found a screwdriver in Reyna’s pocket. A hammer was lying next to the broken window, according to the report.

Police said McPherson was shaking after the incident, and she said Reyna had walked up to the security office she was in, said “I’m gonna f---ing kill you!” and broke the glass. She said Reyna then sat down on a bench near the office.

Reyna was taken to Lorain City Jail where he allegedly told officers that he broke the glass instead of killing someone but said “tomorrow is another day.”

According to court records, Reyna has been charged with aggravated burglary, vandalism and possession of criminal tools along with DUI several times in the past.

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