Lorain County Standoff Moves Into Second Day

LORAIN, Ohio – A police standoff in Lorain County has moved into its second day with no end in sight, 19/43 News' Bill Safos reported.

Police said that a woman and three children are being held hostage by the woman's boyfriend -- a burglary suspect -- who is also the children's father. The suspect is thought to have at least one gun and two pistols on him.

The standoff, which started at approximately noon on Tuesday, is at a house (pictured, right) at the intersection of Long Road and 13th Street near Downtown Lorain.

Police said that the standoff started after they attempted to serve a warrant late Tuesday morning. Local police and SWAT teams have been at the scene since the standoff began, often times with their guns drawn toward the home while using bullhorns to try to get the suspect to surrender.

Residents who live in the six-block section that has been blocked off have been banned from coming in and out of the area.

Police officials said that the electricity has been turned off in the house and that bright flood lights and noise were being directed at the house to make the situation uncomfortable for the suspect. Witnesses, however, said that their have been no signs of activity since early Tuesday evening, when the man closed the curtains to the living room window.

A family member with whom 19/43 News talked identified the man as 26-year-old Jeremy Mack, and said that the hostages are his three children and the mother of his children, who is his live-in girlfriend. Dawn Lewis, the sister of Mack's girlfriend, said that Mack is a person of uneven temperament.

"I could see my nephew through the window waving to me while they're in the house and their dad has a gun," Lewis said. "He won't let anybody up to the house, he won't answer the phone and he's yelling out that if they want him, they're going to have to come get him the best way they can.

"I know he's not going to give up. They're either going to have to kill him or he's going to kill himself -- one of the two. He's not going to give up."

Mack did start to talk to police on Wednesday morning, and those negotiations continue, though they have not yet led to Mack giving himself up.

Mack's sister, Brandi Mack, said that she is more concerned for her brother than her nephews because she is certain that her brother would never hurt his children.

"He's a good father," Brandi said. "He takes care of his kids. I don't know what took place, but I think he's scared.

"I want to just let him know that I love him, and that I'm going to be here for him and his kids."

Brandi said that her brother had been going through personal problems recently, but he was really trying to overcome them.

Jeremy served time for a 2000 drug conviction, according to court records. His brother, Jason Mack, was arrested and taken in by police on the same warrant while walking through the neighborhood during the standoff on Tuesday.

There have been no reports of gunfire or injuries in the standoff, and Lorain Police Lt. Rich Resendez said that they didn't storm the house out of concern for the children -- all boys, ages 4, 5 and 6. He said that they plan to simply wait out the suspect because they don't believe that the children are in immediate danger.

"Depending on what he does, that will dictate our actions," Resendez said.