Accused gunman in Oberlin home robbery held on $250K bond

Staff Report

A home invasion at gunpoint Saturday led to the arrest of a 36-year-old aggravated robbery suspect, Oberlin police say.

John Atwood of Oberlin is accused of pointing a large black revolver at a North Park Street man and stealing two bags of marijuana and a safe containing cash.

The incident happened at 6:32 p.m., according to a police report released Tuesday. The resident told investigators he answered his door and found a stranger on the other side — Atwood — who asked about buying pot.

When the resident protested, Atwood allegedly pointed the gun at him and forced the man to lie on his stomach and crawl to the living room, the report said.

Atwood again started asking for marijuana and the resident revealed there was a bag under his couch and another in the room, police said.

That’s when Atwood started asking for money, the report said. “I know there’s money and I’m going to start shooting,” he said, according to the document.

The resident said he crawled to a safe by the front door and Atwood fired a shot from the handgun into the floor. Atwood reportedly took the safe and key and left the house, demanding the man stay on the ground.

The man waited on the floor for a minute before asking his uncle via Facebook to contact the police because he thought the suspect took his cell phone too, he told officers.

The man turned over a copy of his security camera footage from the front of his home.

A photo of Atwood was distributed among police. Deputies, an Oberlin officer, the Lorain County Jail, and an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehiclesphotograph all identified him as the same person wanted on warrants for aggravated robbery and possession of weapons under disability.

Police obtained arrest arrest warrants Monday through Oberlin Municipal Court to search Atwood’s home for the safe, its contents, the marijuana, and the clothing he was wearing the prior day.

The report said Atwood was shown a picture of himself holding a gun but he denied either having it or firing the gun inside the North Main Street house.

He is being held on $250,000 bond at the Lorain County Jail.

Staff Report