Akron police are looking for a man who drove a bulldozer into a house and hit cars in the 700 block of Inman Street on Friday afternoon.
The resident of the home reported that they heard the front of the house being hit by an unknown vehicle at 4 p.m. and when they looked out, they saw a man driving a bulldozer toward the house. A woman and children at home retreated to the rear of the house.
The bulldozer then struck the house a second time.
An Inman Street neighbor told a 911 dispatcher that the bulldozer, which she called a tractor, simply “ran over a car” and “went through the house next door.”
From Inman, the bulldozer traveled down Lafollette Street where a man who lives on Lafollette told a dispatcher that the man driving the bulldozer appeared to be wearing only underwear or really short shorts. He said the bulldozer operator was westbound on Lafollette toward Brown Street and driving “irrationally” and “jerking the steering wheel left to right.”
The bulldozer drove off before police arrived. Authorities said an enclosed porch was damaged, and a parked vehicle and chain-link fence were also hit.
The bulldozer was later recovered after it was abandoned. The bulldozer, owned by Lockhart Concrete, was taken from a construction site at Chittenden and Bittaker streets.
The suspect was described as a white man between 25 and 35. He was about 6 feet tall and 150 to 180 pounds, with short hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2Tip, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. People also can text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers can remain anonymous.