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Elyria man critical after stabbing at New Year's Eve party


ELYRIA — A city man was critically wounded after being stabbed in his home around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Bradley Fussi Sr., was stabbed 14 times, according to his girlfriend, Brittney Groves. Fussi, 36, was in critical condition Wednesday night at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where Groves said he was in a medically induced coma. Two men and a woman were arrested around 7 a.m. Wednesday in connection with the stabbing, according to police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino.

Groves said Fussi was ejecting an uninvited man, whose nickname is Tex, from a New Year’s Eve party at Fussi’s home at 637 W. River Road N., off Lake Avenue. Groves said Fussi knows the man casually and initially allowed him to stay, but the man was drunk and became obnoxious.

As Fussi was escorting the man out of his home, another man and a woman, who Costantino said are friends of Tex, arrived in a Ford Explorer and a fight broke out, according to Groves. Groves said Tex began fighting with her and Fussi intervened.

After Fussi intervened, Groves said Tex’s male friend stabbed Fussi.

“They tried to kill him,” said Groves, 21.

Groves said she dragged Fussi back into the home after the stabbing, and Tex and his friends fled in the Explorer. Groves said the couch she laid Fussi on quickly was covered in blood. “The last words he said before he passed out and quit breathing on me was, ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you,’” Groves said.

Costantino said suspect Christopher L. Robinette is nicknamed Tex and resembled the man Fussi ejected from his home. Robinette is known to associate with alleged stabber Roy Evans Jr. and suspect Amanda Kelly.

The three were arrested at Evans’ and Kelly’s home in the 100 block of Phillips Court about a half-mile from Fussi’s home. Costantino said police knew Robinette often hung out at the Phillips Court home.

“Between patrol and detectives, everybody did an outstanding job,” Costantino said.

Evans, 34, and Robinette, 31, of the 600 block of Garfield Avenue in Elyria, were each charged with felonious assault and were being held without bond at the Lorain County Jail on Wednesday night. Kelly, 26, was charged with obstructing justice and was being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Evans and Robinette have a history of violence. Evans’ criminal record includes convictions for felonious assault and vehicular assault. Robinette’s record includes two assault convictions.

Kelly has convictions for disorderly conduct, persistent disorderly conduct and failure to control. Evans, Kelly and Robinette are due in Elyria Municipal Court today.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or

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