Westlake Police Blotter: UK National Arrested After Meeting Underage Teen

WESTLAKE, OH - On 10/22/22 at approx. 1AM a concerned caller reported that 2 intoxicated persons had just left “the bar,” were drunk and were sitting in a white Jeep parked on Main St in Crocker Park. Officers arrived to find that the described vehicle was driving down Main St. It was stopped. The operator, a 36yo Westlake resident, was slurring his speech and could not recite the alphabet from A-Z. He was field tested and arrested for OVI. The female passenger also appeared intoxicated and was transported to the WPD lobby to await a ride while the vehicle was impounded and towed from the scene. The driver submitted to a breath test and was found to be over 2 and ½ times the legal limit despite his assertion that he was only “buzzed.” He was cited with OVI and operating a vehicle while over the legal limit. The man was later released to a sober ride. 

On 10/22/22 at about 9:15PM a resident called WPD to report that their home on Settlers Reserve had been burglarized. The complainants were instructed to wait outside when officers cleared the home and discovered no one was inside. Parts of the home had been ransacked although no signs of forced entry were found. A WPD Evidence Technician processed the scene and evidence was gathered. Investigators learned that purses and jewelry were missing. Detectives are still trying to develop a suspect.

On 10/24/22 at approx. 4PM WPD responded to an incident at Barnes and Noble at Crocker Park which was described as a possible interference of custody issue between a father, his 16yo daughter and a “20yo” male. Officers arrived to find out the father had been searching for his daughter as he hadn’t heard from her in a couple of days. The dad discovered that the juvenile had been with a 21yo man for 2 days at a hotel in Westlake and not with her teenaged Avon Lake classmate as she had told him. The man was present and was identified as a United Kingdom national. He had traveled to the US recently and had met the 16yo online. Officers on scene confiscated the man’s cell phone for analysis at the time and mediated the situation. The juvenile was returned to the father. Detectives followed up with searches of a hotel room and electronic devices belonging to the 21yo. The man was arrested without incident at the Double Tree Hotel on Clemens the next day. He was arraigned in Rocky River Municipal Court on a charge of felony Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity Oriented Material and was given a $50,000 Cash or surety bond. He was ordered to surrender his passport to Westlake officers and is awaiting additional charges in the Westlake Jail.

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