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Man charged with assaulting officer


LORAIN — A Lorain man who allegedly damaged the door of a Lorain police cruiser was arrested after police said he was intoxicated and attacked an acquaintance and an officer.

David Hargraves, 27, was charged with felonious assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and vandalism.

Police were sent to the alleged victim’s house in the 5600 block of Ashland Avenue on Friday and met with William Ober, who told police that Hargraves came over with an unknown man and both were intoxicated.

Ober said he confronted Hargraves after the unknown man “passed out” in his bathtub, and he told them both to leave. He said Hargraves was enraged, and he struck him repeatedly in the head with his fists, and he was wearing large rings on his fingers.

Police said Ober’s face and clothing were covered in blood, and he had deep cuts to his left eye and nose. LifeCare arrived at Ober’s house and treated him and the intoxicated man, and they were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Officers went to Hargraves’ home in the 3800 block of Omaha Ave., where Hargraves was allegedly hiding in an upstairs closet with two other men. According to a police report, he tried to run away but was handcuffed.

Police said Hargraves struggled with an officer, striking him with his elbow. Hargraves flailed around, trying to strike him again, and he was put into a police cruiser.

While arresting the two other men who were in the home for warrants, an officer heard glass shatter from the police cruiser and Hargraves yell, “How do you like that (obscenity)?” When the officer opened the door, Hargraves kicked him twice in the stomach, according to the report.

Hargraves was arraigned Monday at Lorain Municipal Court, and a temporary protection order was issued to Ober.

Police said Hargraves had no prior assault convictions.

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