Police: Woman beaten by home intruder

Staff Report

A bloody attack unfolded in the early hours of Aug. 2 as a mother of two fended off an intruder at her West Lorain Street apartment, according to a police report.

Gabriel Morris, 38, of Oberlin, faces charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, as well as aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A woman called 911 at 3:23 a.m., saying Morris kicked down her door, punched her in the face, pulled her hair, said he would kill her.

It all started when he began pounding on the door demanding cigarettes, the woman told officers.

Police found the woman crying hysterically with blood on her face, her five- and eight-year-old children hiding in a bedroom.

Morris had something metal wrapped around his head. He allegedly told the victim he works for the government and needed her “to help him get the drug dealers and (racial slur)s.”

The woman ran outside to seek help from neighbors. But Morris pulled her back to the driveway by her hair, then upper-cutted her to the face, according to the report.

The whole family was taken to Mercy Allen Medical Center so the woman’s injuries could be treated.

She had bruises, a lacerated lip, and clumps of hair missing. Police later found her hair on the floor of her home.

The assault left blood all over the shattered door, television, and floors, officers noted.

Witnesses confirmed Morris had moved from his room in the building a week prior to the John Frederick Oberlin LMHA housing complex.

Lorain County sheriff’s deputies used a K-9 to track Morris in the nearby woods, then to the JFO building on South Main Street.

Morris’ mother told police he suffers from mental illness including bipolar disorder — and that his condition has deteriorated because he did not take medication.

In his arraignment at Oberlin Municipal Court, his competency was called into question and an evaluation was ordered.

Morris is next due in court Aug. 30.

Staff Report