Alleged Death Plot Preceded Chase, Crash

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MONTVILLE TWP., Ohio -- A planned police sting ended with a violent crash early Thursday after the man police were targeting lead them on a high-speed pursuit.

Montville Police say the incident actually started late Wednesday with a confrontation between an ex-boyfriend and a local woman in Brunswick.

"It occurred in a vehicle. Apparently there was an argument that ensued and he, at one point, tried to choke her with an item of clothing, wrapping an item of clothing around her neck.  As she was trying to fight through that situation, he stopped and she was able to calm him down at that point and diffuse that situation," said Sgt. Chris LaFond.

LaFond says the encounter reportedly escalated again after both of them returned to her apartment in Montville Twp.

"He had apparently held a semi-automatic, what would look like a semi automatic handgun but is actually a BB gun to her head and said that he was going to kill her," said LaFond.

The woman told police her ex-boyfriend revealed a plan to use the BB gun during a holdup of a local gas station so that he would commit 'suicide by police,' giving responding police officers no choice but to fire at him.

Police say the plan apparently included getting the girlfriend killed in the crossfire.

Thursday morning the girlfriend awoke to find that her car had been broken into and called police, revealing the threats to them.

Officers then had her call her ex-boyfriend to arrange a meeting which was intended never to take place.

"They coordinated a meeting where the victim was going to meet with the suspect to discuss this. It was a planned situation where our officers were set up outside of where he was going. He had some pending traffic issues.  My officer was going to initiate a traffic stop as a result of those pending traffic issues, stop him at that point, detain him so he was not able to get back to her," said LaFond.

When officers spotted his car on the way to his ex-girlfriend's house they pulled him over as planned, but he immediately sped off.

"The vehicle comes to a stop. At this point it appears as if it is going to be a normal traffic stop from the suspect's point of view. As soon as my officer gets out of the car, he's not even fully out of his front seat yet, the suspect takes off," said LaFond.

Dash cam video shows the suspect, driving an orange Scion, fleeing from the officer at high speeds through his ex-girlfriend's neighborhood.

The chase continues onto Montville Drive, then east on Route 18 toward Fairlawn.

At Windfall Road the driver enters the right hand turn lane, and crashes into a township maintenance truck.

Both drivers were taken to local hospitals, but suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Authorities say the man they were chasing now faces potentially a long list of violations from both the chase and from the alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend, who Montville Police say he had threatened before.

"He approached her outside the apartment and had threatened her while holding a hammer," said LaFond, adding that the man "proceeded to smash areas of her car."

He was charged that night with criminal damaging and aggravated menacing.

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