A 57-year old Avon Lake man has been arrested for allegedly grabbing a 16-year old girl, report Avon Lake Police.
An Avon Lake Officer was flagged down while on routine patrol by subjects walking along the sidewalks of Avon Belden Road. The subjects advised the officer that they had witnessed an adult male running towards one of their friends, and were concerned for her safety.
The victim, a 16 year old female, states that for the last year the suspect began hanging outside of his house and would try to engage her and other friends in conversation as they walked home from school. As the situation became increasingly awkward, the victim and her friends began to avoid his residence completely.
On 09-11-2015, the 57 year old suspect, Joseph Simko, began yelling for the victim to stop as she was quickly walking away from him. The victim states that the suspect caught up with her and grabbed her by her backpack and spun her around to face him. After a brief conversation, the victim took off.
The suspect was subsequently charged with Felony Stalking and is currently (as of 09-15-15) being held in the Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash/surety bond. Joseph Simko is scheduled to appear before the Avon Lake Municipal Court on 09-22-2015 at 11 a.m.