Friday, November 30, 2007


Christopher Cole, the former owner of Puritas Metal Products in North Ridgeville, is being held this afternoon on charges of Breaking and Entering, Obstruction of Justice, Carrying a Concealed Weapon on prohibited premises, Inducing Panic and Vandalism.

Cole was upset over the way he was let go by the company and is currently in court over the issue of ownership of the company. Cole told Officers that he was also not pleased with how slow the legal process in that case was.

Police responded just after 6 a.m. Friday morning after employees arrived at work and found a broken window and doors sealed shut from the inside.

During negotiations with Police Cole told them that he was the President of the company and that he had a lot of work to do and was not planning on leaving the building. Cole also told the Police that he indeed had a weapon and that it was inside of his car and the car was also inside of the building. Cole did slide the loaded 9mm handgun under a door to the Police before surrendering.

Police say that they found pepper spray and additional ammo in Cole’s car. Cole was also wearing a bulletproof vest under his clothes.


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