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Mississippi man indicted for felonious assault

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    Darius Bolela



ELYRIA — A Mississippi truck driver was indicted for felonious assault in connection with an incident at an Avon truck stop that left another truck driver injured.

Darius Bolela, 29, of Jackson, Miss., was indicted on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, according to a Lorain County grand jury indictment unsealed Friday.

According to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will, the alleged incident began after a truck driver parked his rig at an Avon truck stop in order to take a break and sleep June 1. While he was sleeping, another vehicle pulled up and blocked the first driver’s truck in.

When the first driver got out to see why he’d been blocked in, a dispute ensued according to Will.

Bolela was another truck driver who was in the area and somehow got involved in the dispute.

“I don’t know if he’s the one that blocked the guy in, but when the first driver, the older guy, got out and got involved in the dispute, the defendant got involved,” Will said. “The defendant apparently did quite the ‘do-wacka-do’ to our victim, who was older and smaller. The defendant was pretty-good sized, in pretty good shape and was much younger.”

Will said it’s believed Bolela didn’t use a weapon in the alleged assault but still caused “serious physical harm” to the victim.

Bolela was arrested and was being held in Lorain County Jail on $20,000 bond.

A Lorain County grand jury also indicted a Lorain man on multiple charges of felonious assault stemming from a separate incident that also took place June 1.

Joshua Sheppard, 29, of Lorain, was indicted on three counts of felonious assault and a count of tampering with evidence, according to court documents.

Will said the indictment stemmed from an incident last month that involved Sheppard’s ex-girlfriend, his ex-girlfriend’s mother and his ex-girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend that took place in Lorain.

Sheppard allegedly used a knife to threaten the three, Will said.

Each of the three counts of felonious assault also contains a specification stating that Sheppard is a repeat violent offender, which stems from a prior conviction of rape from Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Sheppard was being held in Lorain County Jail on $15,000 bond.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.
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