Lorain man ac­cused of as­sault­ing of­fi­cer

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Mar­tin [email protected]­ingjour­nal. com @MJKev­inMartin1 on Twit­ter

A Lorain man is fac­ing nu­mer­ous as­sault charges, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

A Lorain man is fac­ing nu­mer­ous as­sault charges, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

On Dec. 6 at about 5:05 a.m. Lorain po­lice re­sponded to an ad­dress in the 1400 block of F St., fol­low­ing re­ports of a pos­si­ble bur­glary in process.

Of­fi­cers were ad­vised Matthew J. Bell, a sus­pect ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in a Dec. 1 shoot­ing at an ad­dress in the 3000 block of Reeves Ave. in Lorain, was at the premises and could be in pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Bell broke a win­dow to the res­i­dence in or­der to en­ter fol­low­ing a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with a 17-year-old girl.

Po­lice say Bell ini­tially re­fused or­ders to exit the res­i­dence and sur­ren­der and got into a phys­i­cal strug­gle with of­fi­cers, re­sist­ing ar­rest. Af­ter of­fi­cers se­cured him in hand­cuffs they were forced to carry him to the cruiser.

Once in­side, Bell re­fused to sit down, telling of­fi­cers, “I got bul­lets in my (ex­ple­tive) from get­ting shot, I can’t sit down.”

When one of­fi­cer at­tempted to place his hand on Bell’s shoul­der to se­cure him in the ve­hi­cle, he yelled, “(ex­ple­tive) you,” and bent his head back­ward, strik­ing the of­fi­cer in the fore­head with the back of his head, the re­port said.

Bell was trans­ported to Mercy Hos­pi­tal in Lorain be­fore be­ing trans­ported to the Lorain County Jail.

A Lorain po­lice of­fi­cer suf­fered an undis­closed in­jury from the al­ter­ca­tion and was treated at Mercy.

Bell, 29, is charged with two counts of as­sault on a po­lice of­fi­cer, ag­gra­vated rob­bery, felo­nious as­sault, ob­struct­ing of­fi­cial busi­ness, and fail­ure to com­ply. He is cur­rently be­ing held with­out bond at the Lorain County Jail.

The in­ci­dent fol­lows a Dec. 1 in­ci­dent al­legedly in­volv­ing Bell. At about 7:17 a.m. Lorain po­lice re­sponded to Reeves Ave. for a male who suf­fered a gun­shot wound to the leg.

The vic­tim told po­lice he was shot fol­low­ing an at­tempted rob­bery and strug­gle by a fam­ily mem­ber of a fe­male oc­cu­pant of the res­i­dence. He de­scribed the man as a black male in his mid-20s and miss­ing sev­eral teeth, po­lice said.

A wit­ness at the scene de­scribed hear­ing a loud pop she iden­ti­fied as a gun­shot while in an up­stairs bed­room com­ing from the main floor of the res­i­dence, the re­port said.


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