ELYRIA — Neighbors were alarmed Sunday evening when a man in the 300 block of 11th Street threatened to stab someone over a stolen bicycle.
Around 9 p.m., the man made good on his threat. A man, identified by his girlfriend as Shaun Justice, 27, was cut on the right side of his face by the man. Police said they had the suspected stabber in custody Sunday night. Early Monday, however, they said that man had been released, and they suspected somebody else.
Jessie Moses, Justice’s girlfriend, said Justice was pulling out of the driveway of their home near West Avene when the man returned and began pounding on the passenger side of the car as it pulled into the street.
“The guy was yelling at him and trying to punch him through the window,” said neighbor Kelly Sowl who lives across the street from Moses and Justice.
Moses and Sowl said Justice emerged from the car and argued with the man telling him to get away from his car. “I heard the guy (Justice) say, ‘You got a knife? You got a knife? You’re going to stab me?’ ” Sowl said.
They said the man then made a swinging motion and slashed Justice before running away. Moses said Justice needed stitches for the approximately four-inch wound by his jaw, but it was non-life threatening.
Earlier, neighbors said the suspect was screaming at children accusing them of stealing his bike.
They said he appeared deranged or drunk.
Georgenia Marrero, Moses and Justice’s next door neighbor, said the man threatened her 9-year-old daughter, Jaden, and a few other children as they sat on Marrero’s front porch steps.
“He kept coming at them closer calling them b-words and talking about slicing their throats,” Marrero said. “A guy from down the road heard it and came and chased him off.”
Moses said she identified a suspect for police.
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