ELYRIA — A man was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated menacing after allegedly threatening two teenage girls with an ax.
Police said James Lemasters approached two 16-year-olds outside one of the girl’s homes and accused them of breaking into his home as he wielded an ax. The two said that he was threatening, angry and screaming.
After Lemasters stated, “I have proof that you did it and I know what I came here to do” and walked closer to the girls, they called police, according to a police report.
Lemasters was arrested at his home at 1 a.m. in 100 block of Cascade Street and put into custody at Lorain County Jail.
The two girls told police they wanted to press charges because they felt Lemasters was a serious threat to their safety, according to the report.
The ax, found on the ground nearby, was placed into evidence.
Lemasters appeared in Elyria Municipal Court on Monday, and he pleaded not guilty. He was ordered not to contact the alleged victims, and a pretrial hearing was set for 9 a.m. July 17.