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Man suspected of car break-ins tackled by witness


ELYRIA -- A man took justice into his own hands early today when he tackled another man who had allegedly been rummaging through cars on Sherman St., according to an Elyria police report.

Police arrested Andrew Karkoska, 27, of the 400 block of Broad St., for robbery and disorderly conduct by intoxication, the report said.

Officers found Karkoska grappling with Seth Travis, 22, at about 1:38 this morning in the field near EMH Elyria Medical Center, according to the report.

Travis told police he saw two white men get out of a car on the 100 block Princeton Ave., and they turned down Sherman Street. Travis said he followed them because he was on his way to Eastern Heights Boulevard. He noticed them go into two vehicles, then two more.

At this point, he asked them what they were doing in the cars, and one of the men took off running. Karkoska said he lived at the home, Travis said, according to the report.

Travis told police he said, “Then you won’t mind going to the door with me and verifying this.”

Karkoska then ran as well and Travis chased him and pushed him off balance. He said Karkoska tried to hit him with a stick but he was able to pull it away and call the police, the report said.

Karkoska told police he had been walking to a friend’s house, but could not provide a name, according to the report.

The people who owned the vehicles told police they found nothing missing.

Karkoska is being held at the Lorain County Jail.

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