Man high on PCP attacks several people in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, police say

August 20, 2018

Man high on PCP attacks several people in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man high on PCP attacked several people in the Playhouse Square district, according to police.

Gerald Farley Jr., 50, is charged with gross sexual imposition and drug possession. He is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $40,000 bond after his first court appearance on Monday.

The incident began about 5 p.m. Friday on Euclid Avenue and East 13th Street.

Farley went into the District restaurant at that intersection and walked up to a table of a 66-year-old Akron man who was eating with his 38-year-old daughter.

Farley asked the woman her name. She told him and he replied: “That’s not your name. It’s Eve and I’m Adam and God sent me to you to make love,” according to police reports.

The woman tried to walk away but Farley grabbed her arm. The woman’s father stepped between the two and told Farley to leave. Farley punched the man in the chest, police reports say.

The restaurant owner grabbed Farley by the arm and escorted him out of the building, police reports say. On the way out Farley yelled: “This place is going to blow up” and broke the front door of the restaurant, police reports say.

Farley punched the owner several times in the face before the owner could lock the door and call police, police reports say.

Farley walked along Euclid and punched a 21-year-old valet in the face without provocation, police reports say.

A 25-year-old man saw the punch and he and the valet tackled Farley to the ground, police reports say. A security guard helped hold him down and a sheriff’s deputy working off-duty security at Playhouse Square heard the call and placed Farley in handcuffs, police reports say.

Farley repeatedly claimed to be God while the trio held him down, police reports say. 

The trio held him in a chair until Cleveland police arrived. Officers noted finding PCP in the man’s pants pocket, police reports say.

Farley admitted to police that he used PCP prior to the attacks, according to police reports.

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