Ellis had been staying at a Derussey Road home near Collins on Oct. 24 when he took a gun from the residence, walked up the road to a cemetery where a man was mowing the property, and pointed the pistol at the stranger, Huron County deputies said. He demanded the man hand over his wallet and cell phone, then fled after forcing the man into a shed.
Ellis drove away in the man’s truck, which was hauling a trailer carrying a lawn mower, deputies said.
He didn’t get far before he stopped at the side of Derussey Road, where curious neighbors walked toward the truck. When they tried to speak to him, Ellis ran from them and one of the neighbors chased him.
Ellis, packing a .22-caliber handgun, allegedly fired a single shot toward one of the neighbors who pursued him.
Huron County deputies soon arrived at the scene and started to search the area for the suspect. They came across Ellis when they started knocking on doors, and they found he had a warrant out of Cuyahoga County for his arrest.
After deputies detained him, Ellis admitted he was the one who’d taken the truck and fired the gun.
Deputies found the weapon hidden in a nearby barn.
Ellis appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court earlier this week and pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.
His bond was set at $100,000 and he remains in the Huron County jail, according to court records.