Bystander Chases Down Regal Cinema Attacker
Mike Angelino tracked Mitchell Kuhn from Regal Cinema parking lot to near Five Guys in the Promenade, where he tackled Kuhn. Listen to the 911 call here.
Mike Angelino didn't think running from the Regal Cinema parking lot all the way to the other end of the Promenade to chase down a man who had just allegedly attacked a woman is a big deal.
The day after his brave deed, he's starting to realize it may just be a big deal. He spent Wednesday fielding calls from local media and getting lots of what he called "virtual high-fives on Facebook" while doing his job as a project manager for Franciscus Roofing.
"The Crocker Park people want to take me to lunch, too," he said.
The attention is exciting, if a little humbling, for Angelino.
"My girlfriend is calling me a hero," Angelino, who lives in North Olmsted, said. "I don't think that."
Angelino, 43, and his girlfriend, Susan Monschein of Elyria, had just left a showing of The Bourne Legacy at Regal Cinema around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and were heading for their car.
"We were talking about what a disappointment (the movie) was," Angelino said.
As they approached Angelino's truck, he heard a woman scream for help.
"I couldn't see anyone," he said. Then came a second and third scream. He and Monschein started looking around again for where it was coming from.
"Then this guy popped up," Angelino said. "He said that someone needs to help her, that someone was getting her. My first thought was, if someone else was getting her, why is there blood on his shirt? He took off running, and I went after him."
The man, 25-year-old Mitchell Kuhn, first headed east towards Crocker Road, Angelino said, darting in and out of the bushes. He then turned north towards Detroit Road.
You can hear Angelino's call to police on the video attached here.
The chase continued west to near Five Guys as police neared. As Angelino closed in on Kuhn, he is heard on the call saying to Kuhn, "Oh, you're done now, dude."
Angelino tackled Kuhn just as Westlake police arrived. Angelino ended up being handcuffed as well as police determined which one was the suspect and which one was the chaser.
"Once that was settled and the cuffs were off," Angelino said, "They said 'Thanks' and shook my hand."
After Angelino had taken off after Kuhn, Monschein had found the victim, a 20-year-old Cleveland woman, and stayed with her until help arrived.
"Susan said she was pretty beat up," Angelino said. "She was bleeding from her forehead and under one of her eyes, and there were two big puddles of blood on the ground. I'm just glad she's going to be all right."
The woman was taken to St. John Medical Center, where she received stitches.
Kuhn was charged with felonious assault. Westlake police captain Guy Turner said Wednesday that they believe Kuhn is from Las Cruces, NM, but had also given police an Elyria address.
Angelino stopped by Westlake Police headquarters after finishing a job in Marblehead on Wednesday to pick up a copy of the 911 call on a disc.
"What a souvenir," he said.