ELYRIA — A Cuyahoga County man was indicted on charges of attempted murder for allegedly attacking a corrections officer at Lorain County Jail.
Eric Robinson, 47, of Parma, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of attempted murder, a third-degree felony count of attempted felonious assault and a fifth-degree felony count of assault by a Lorain County grand jury, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
The alleged assault took place June 23 after Robinson was arrested on a theft charge and taken to Lorain County Jail, according to county Prosecutor Dennis Will. It was unclear if the theft charge was a new case or whether he was picked up for something related to his prior legal entanglements.
“While he was there, he was being booked in,” Will said. “Part of the process there is to take their civilian clothing, make them shower and outfit them in a jail outfit. When Mr. Robinson went to do that, he was being supervised by a corrections officer. He then decided to attack the corrections officer.”
The corrections officer tried to fight back to protect himself, but Robinson was able to get him onto the ground and was choking him out when other jail personnel arrived to assist the officer, Will said.
It’s unknown what prompted Robinson to attack the officer, Will said.
In February, Robinson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of breaking and entering. He had been indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of the offense in September 2016.
In that case, he was sentenced to 180 days in Lorain County Jail and a fine of $250, but Judge Raymond Ewers, according to court documents. The sentence was suspended, though, and Robinson was placed on good behavior sanctions for one year.