CUYAHOGA FALLS — The case of a Ruth Avenue man who allegedly tried to shoot another Cuyahoga Falls man in a State Road parking lot Nov. 24 was sent to a Summit County grand jury during a felony status hearing Wednesday morning.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, 55-year-old Patrick J. Neman’s case was bound over as part of the court’s direct indictment program, with a tentative arraignment scheduled in Summit County Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 19 at 8 a.m., pending a grand jury indictment.
Neman entered felony no pleas to first-degree felony attempted murder and fourth-degree felony improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and pleaded not guilty to first-degree misdemeanor using weapons while intoxicated and minor misdemeanor open container charges at his Nov. 26 arraignment.
He was released from Summit County Jail after a Copley woman posted a 10 percent of $500,000 bond that same day, according to court records. Lawrence Whitney, Neman’s attorney, declined to comment about the case.
Police said they responded to a report of a man with a gun in the parking lot of the Family Video store at 2967 State Road at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Police said they found Neman in the parking lot and then found a loaded .38-caliber revolver in his vehicle nearby.
During an investigation, police said they determined that Neman allegedly pointed the gun at another person in the parking lot and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not discharge and no one was injured. Police said the victim was able to call police.
Past incidents reported
In a 911 call lasting several minutes, the other man reported, "I’ve got a guy here, I’m up at Family Video taking some videos back, and the guy pulled a gun on me."
He claimed that when Neman pulled the trigger, "It clicked."
"He didn’t shoot me, but he tried to," he said, adding that the man went into the video store, then came back out and was standing outside the front door.
The dispatcher told him to stay in his vehicle. The man said he would, but then the dispatcher lost contact with him.
In a second 911 call, a passerby reported seeing a man in the parking lot holding what he believed to be a gun, but the passerby did not report seeing any confrontation, saying he left the area quickly.
Police reports gathered through a public records request indicate that the roots of what happened between the two men go back to at least last spring:
• On May 29, police responded to the Water Works family Aquatic Center off Munroe Falls Avenue, where the victim reported he wanted to get his two juvenile children after learning that his "estranged wife" had entrusted the children to Neman, who told police the other man had been yelling at him.
Police said they were unable to turn the children over to their father and they advised him to work out a visitation schedule with the Summit County Domestic Relations Court.
• On July 3, another Water Works manager reported the victim had been walking back and forth between the facility’s parking lot and a sidewalk for about 40 minutes. The man told police he had been under the impression that he was to pick up his children from his wife, but there apparently was some issue. Police said they told the man that the custody issue was a civil matter and could not be dealt with at the water park.
• On Sept. 15, police responded to a report of a fight between Neman and the victim at Neman’s home. Neman said he had been on his driveway with the other man’s wife, working on a car, when the other man arrived. Neman said he told him to leave and the two fought for about a minute until the wife broke it up. Neman said he then went into his home, got a knife and stood on his porch while the other man left in his vehicle.
Police said the wife corroborated Neman’s account. Cuyahoga Falls EMS evaluated Neman for a reported jaw injury, but Neman declined to press an assault charge. Neman said he did not want the other man on his property and the other man was officially warned to not trespass.
• On Sept. 16, the wife filed a menacing report against her husband, saying she was afraid of him. She said he somehow found out where she was living, despite efforts to keep it a secret from him, and she believed he may have planted a GPS device on her vehicle several days earlier when she had been at his home to allow him to see the children. Police said the vehicle was examined by mechanics and police, but no device was found.
• At about 2:45 p.m. Nov. 24, the wife reported that while her daughter was at their apartment alone, her husband came and banged on the door. The daughter did not open the door, said the wife. Police said they contacted the husband, who was argumentative, but after they warned him not to go back to the apartment or he would be charged with trespassing, the husband agreed.
• At about 5 p.m., Nov. 24, the wife and an adult female relative of Neman’s, also living at Neman’s home, reported the husband harassed them by driving by the house. The women said that while no explicit threat was made, he did make an unspecified comment that made them feel threatened. Police said they gave the wife information for applying for a civil protection order.
Less than two hours later, Neman and the other man had their confrontation in the Family Video parking lot.
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