Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Elyria – Four Elyria teens, ages 18, 17, 16 & 15, pushed their way into a Columbus Street home Tuesday afternoon with the intentions of robbing it – What they weren’t planning on was the 70-year-old woman inside who was 1. On the phone with her husband who is a Judge and 2. Pretty good at swinging a frying pan.

Elyria Police received a call at 3:09 p.m. Tuesday from an associate of Judge Basinski’s saying that 3 to 4 males were attacking Mrs. Basinski in her home on Columbus Street. Police quickly swarmed the area and after receiving descriptions of the males they were able to find them and take them into custody within 15 minutes.

The 4 males went to the home and knocked on the door, when Basinski answered they pushed their way inside. Basinski yelled at them to leave the house and told them that she was on the phone with her husband – who is a Judge. One of the teens grabbed the phone and hung it up. Judge Basinski then told an associate to call 9-1-1 while he and his Bailiff headed for his house. While one of the teens stood watch outside the other three began searching the home for valuables. One pulled a bottle of Jack Daniels from a cabinet, Basinski yelled at him to put it back and he threw it at her striking her on the foot. Basinski decided it was time to act – picking up a frying pan she began striking one of the teens.

Taking off with only a wallet containing $10.00 the group fled through the neighborhood.

Neighbors assisted Police by pointing out the directions the teens were running. All 4 were captured and placed into custody.

Taken into custody were, 18-year-old Patrick A. Kostal of Elyria and three other juvenile males. All suspects were being held at the Elyria City Jail – Police say the three juveniles would be transported to the Boy’s Detention Home at a later time. All four were charged with Aggravated Burglary, a Felony 1.

Basinski was evaluated on scene by LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics but she refused any treatment or transport.

The top photo is of 18-year-old Patrick A. Kostal. Because of their ages the other three suspects mug shots were not available.


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