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Three sought by Elyria police in fatal stabbing

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    Joshua Hohn is wanted by Elyria police in connection to a fatal stabbing early Wednesday morning.

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    Phillip Hohn-Tucker is wanted by Elyria police in connection to a fatal stabbing early Wednesday morning.

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    Gloria Watton is described by Elyria police as a person of interest in a fatal stabbing early Wednesday morning.

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    Windsor Elementary, Elyria, Sept. 5.

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ELYRIA — Elyria police issued arrest warrants for two men from Elyria and Arizona in connection with the stabbing death of a man found in the parking lot of an elementary school Wednesday morning.

Phillip Hohn-Tucker, 21, of Elyria, is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery and Joshua Phillip Alexander Hohn, 19, of Prescott, Arizona, is facing a murder charge. Neither man had been apprehended as of Wednesday evening.

The victim, Barry Allen Spreng Jr., 38, of Oberlin, was found in the parking lot on the northwest side of Windsor School at 2:21 a.m. after police were sent there on a call suggesting a man was passed out.

Hohn-Tucker previously faced charges of disorderly conduct in fighting and assault with intent to harm in 2017. The charges were later dismissed, however, according to the docket from the Yavapai County Clerk of Superior Court in Arizona.

Elyria police listed a third person, Gloria Louise Watton, 18, of Prescott, Arizona, as a person of interest in the case, according to Elyria police, and she may be traveling with Hohn-Tucker and Hohn.

Spreng’s body was found on a day when school had been canceled at Windsor Elementary School — and all other Elyria schools — due to extreme temperatures.

District spokeswoman Amy Higgins sent a statement to students and teachers about the incident, noting that officers identified the suspects and that there was no connection between the incident and the school or the district.

“I can assure you we work hand in hand with the Police Department for the safety of our students and in this matter, there appears to be no correlation to Elyria Schools,” the statement read.

The school, along with the district, is expected to begin classes today, and has no plans to add security or protocols for Windsor.

“We’re looking forward to children come back to school tomorrow and we’re excited to welcome them back for sure,” Higgins said.

Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said the results from the autopsy aren’t expected for a few days.

Spreng, the victim, previously faced two drug charges of possession of marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and schedule I or II drugs as well as III, IV or V drugs in 2017, according to the Oberlin Municipal Court docket.

In addition to the suspects, detectives are looking for a gray 2007 Hyundai Sonata, with Ohio plates GEH 4810, registered to Spreng.

Police say the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous and urge people to call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302 with information.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.


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