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Westlake police: Suspect attempted to break into house with bat and golf club; backed car through garage

The suspect had an active warrant from Rocky River Police Department for an assault that occurred the night before.
Credit: Westlake Police Department

WESTLAKE, Ohio — The Westlake Police Department took a 23-year-old man into custody on Thursday after he tried to break into a house on Vine Street.

A 911 call came into Westlake police at about 2 p.m. about a person looking to break into a residence with a baseball bat and a golf club. By the time officers had arrived at the scene, they discovered that the suspect had backed his car into the overhead garage door of the home. 

Despite his efforts, the suspect did not gain entry into the house and was taken into custody by police. He was taken to University Hospitals St. John Medical Center after complaining about a medical condition. The name of the suspect has not been released, but Westlake Police Captain Gerald Vogel says the man is from Parma. 

Investigators are still trying to determine the exact relationship between the person in custody and the persons who live at the Vine Street house. It is believed that there was some level of pre-existing relationship.  

No one was home and no officer or other person was injured during the incident. Police add that there appeared to be no structural damage to the residence which was turned back over to the homeowner. Expected charges for the suspect will include felony burglary. Capt. Vogel also says that the suspect had an active warrant from Rocky River Police Department for an assault that occurred the night before.  

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