Norwalk Reflector: Armed man accused of threatening hotel guests

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Armed man accused of threatening hotel guests

By Brandon Addeo • Apr 3, 2019 at 4:31 PM

MILAN TWP. — Deputies arrested a man Friday who allegedly threatened two people while displaying a gun. He also allegedly had a tracking device in his possession.

Derek Yoder, 31, who does not have a listed address, was charged with two counts of first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing.

Deputies responded to a Milan Township motel at about 10 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun, according to an Erie County sheriff’s report.

Two people told deputies that while they were sitting in an indoor pool area a man, later identified as Yoder, approached them and asked them where a girl was, the report states. The pair told Yoder they did not know the girl he was talking about.

Yoder allegedly told the two to “stop playing (expletive) stupid” and the pair noticed he allegedly had a gun tucked into his waistband, according to the report. The two then ran from the building and tried to get someone to call police.

They ran to another business after they noticed Yoder allegedly walking toward them, and they called 911, the report states.

Deputies spoke to a mother and three children, one of whom was the girl Yoder allegedly asked about, according to the report. The mother said they met Yoder at the hotel and he had been spending time with them.

Law enforcement then evacuated part of the hotel because they believed Yoder was armed, and deputies arrested Yoder in a hotel room, the report states. Inside his room, deputies found a loaded handgun in a lock box, a laptop and what they believed was a GPS transponder, also known as an electronic tracking device.

Yoder refused to talk to deputies and asked to speak with his lawyer, according to the report.

Deputies checked the undercarriage of the mother’s car and confirmed there were no tracking devices attached, the report states.

After checking his criminal background, deputies found several prior gross sexual imposition charges on his record, according to the report. The girl told deputies Yoder gave her gifts and held her hand but did not touch her inappropriately.

Yoder was taken to the Erie County jail.


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