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Police say man on bath salts attacked deputy


COLUMBIA STATION — Police said a man under the influence of bath salts attacked an officer after he made threats about killing “the devil,” which he referred to as a neighbor.

Officers were sent to 24731 Sprague Road at 12:15 p.m. Sunday to check on a man whose family reported he had been acting delusional for several days and was making homicidal statements.

The man, Robert Jamiol, 47, allegedly made statements that he was going to “kill the devil,” and he identified “the devil” as a neighbor who lived nearby. Jamiol also had identified the devil as two friends, according to family members who spoke with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

The family requested that officers take Jamiol to the Nord Center for a mental evaluation, as he had been using bath salts, a hallucinogenic drug, and drinking excessively, according to a sheriff’s report. The report said that Jamiol had several guns in his home, including a fully automatic tri-pod mounted machine gun.

Police said the firearms were removed from Jamiol’s house, and Jamiol’s wife had arranged to meet him at a bar on the corner of West River and Sprague roads so that officers could speak with him.

Three sheriff’s deputies arrived in the area, but Jamiol ran when an officer approached him, according to the report. After a foot chase, Jamiol allegedly ran toward an officer who had tripped over a large drainage ditch.

Reporting Officer Bryan Barnes wrote, “Robert had a crazed look on his face and extended his arms as if he was going to attack me.”

Barnes wrote that he struck Jamiol with his Taser, but Jamiol tried to pull the barbs out of his chest, shocking two deputies as they fought with him.

It took three deputies and a spurt of pepper spray to Jamiol’s face to get him to comply with deputies, whom he was fighting, the report said. During that time, he continued to rant and was “acting very irrational and erratic.”

Jamiol was charged with obstructing official business and three counts of assault on a police officer.

Jamiol apologized for his behavior and told police he had used bath salts and marijuana in the past. He said he was scared because he thought the devil had his wife and she was in trouble.

Jamiol’s case was set for video arraignment Monday, but his disruptive behavior interrupted the proceedings multiple times and he was found in contempt of court. He was sentenced to 60 days at the Lorain County Correctional Facility for the contempt charge, and the arraignment was rescheduled for 9 a.m. today, according to Elyria Municipal Court documents.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.


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