Man allegedly profiled in Oberlin bakery incident arraigned
OBERLIN, OH (WOIO) - Jonathan Aladin, the 19-year-old African American who protesters claim was profiled after his arrest at Gibson's Bakery Wednesday, was arraigned Friday in Oberlin Municipal Court on charges of robbery and inflicting or threatening harm.
A bakery employee, Allyn Gibson, said he saw Aladin attempting to hide two bottles of wine under his shirt, according to a police report. Gibson told Aladin he was going to call police, and Aladin tried to leave the store.
When Gibson tried to take a picture of Aladin on his cellphone, Aladin slapped Gibson's hand and the phone hit him in the face, according to the report. Gibson told police Aladin then ran to the back of the store, where he got into a scuffle with another employee at the bakery.
Aladin went outside and met up with two women across the street he was initially with.
Gibson tried to detain Aladin, according to the report, which states Aladin then punched Gibson and threatened his life. The two women also began to kick and punch Gibson, according to the report.
Police found Aladin had a counterfeit South Carolina ID card and credit card with his name.
"It should be noted that as the reporting officer was interviewing all three subjects, several other individuals who were also on scene at the time of the incident and who were initially interfering with officers attempting to gain control of the situation, began stating that [Gibson] was the aggressor and the black man didn't do anything wrong," the police report states.
Aladin plead not guilty and was given a bond of $5,000.
The two women with him were identified as Endina Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstong. Both were arrested for assault. Whettstone pleaded not guilty and had her bond continued, while Lawrence will be arraigned later Friday morning.
About 50 protesters passed out fliers Thursday, claiming Aladin was "assaulted by the owner" of the bakery. They accused police of racially profiling the three who were arrested, saying they were not questioned or read their rights before they were arrested and charged, and claim that the bakery has a history of discrimination.
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