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Man arrested for threatening teens with an ax

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James Lemasters (Source: Lorain County Jail) James Lemasters (Source: Lorain County Jail)
LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

On Tuesday, July 9, at 1 a.m., James Lemasters was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated menacing after allegedly threatening two 16-year-old girls with an ax.

Authorities report that Lemasters approached the teens outside of one of their homes and accused them of breaking into his residence as he held an ax. The two said that he was threatening, angry and screaming.

According to a police report, after Lemasters shouted, "I have proof that you did it and I know what I came here to do" and walked closer to the girls, they ran into the house and called police.

Lemasters was arrested at his home which is located in 100 block of Cascade Street and put into custody at Lorain County Jail.

The two girls told police they wanted to press charges because they felt Lemasters was a serious threat to their safety, according to the report.

The ax, found on the ground nearby, was placed into evidence.

Lemasters appeared in Elyria Municipal Court on Monday, and he pleaded not guilty. He was ordered not to contact the alleged victims, and a pretrial hearing was set for 9 a.m. July 17.

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