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Police: Man slashed friend with machete in drunken argument over rent


LORAIN — A man was arrested after he slashed his friend with a machete during an alcohol-fueled argument over rent, police said.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of Lakeview Avenue at 11:53 p.m. Saturday for a fight. Police arrived and spoke with the homeowner, Robert Thomas, 21, who told police he was involved in a fight with his friend, Robert Johnson, 24, who pulled a shotgun on him.

Police handcuffed Johnson, who was in the garage of the home, and Johnson said he was the one who called police.

Johnson had a cut on his palm, and he told police that Thomas cut him with a large machete, according to a police report.

Johnson told police he lives in the garage of Thomas’ house and said he was renting the space from him. He said the two began arguing over rent money, and Thomas told him not to come back to his house.

Johnson said he left and met up with his friends. When he returned home, Thomas came outside with a machete, yelling, “I told you not to come back!” According to Johnson, Thomas swung the machete at him, and cut him on the hand when he tried to protect himself.

Johnson said he ran into the garage and grabbed a shotgun, pointing it at Thomas to protect himself.

LifeCare arrived at the scene, and Johnson refused treatment, although police said he would need stitches.

Police said both Thomas and Johnson appeared to be intoxicated. Officers found a shotgun in the garage, where Johnson said it would be. Police also found a sheath for a machete, labeled “Zombie Hunter.”

Thomas was questioned about the fight, and he told police he was “too drunk to remember.” Thomas was arrested and charged with felonious assault, during which time he denied that he did anything wrong. An officer replied that Thomas told police he was “too drunk to remember” what happened earlier.

Johnson told police he didn’t want to press charges on Thomas because they were good friends and he was just “drunk,” but police pressed charges on his behalf.

Johnson’s friend, Albert Pruchinski, 25, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct intoxicated and disorderly conduct persisting after he allegedly began yelling at officers because he wanted his shotgun back.

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