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Suspect in teen's murder arrested at hotel


WADSWORTH — A murder suspect in a double shooting was arrested early Sunday morning in Wadsworth.

The Medina County SWAT team arrested David A. Stoddard, 24, of 241 14th St. N.W., Barberton, about 8:20 a.m. Sunday on warrants charging him with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault, police said.

Stoddard is accused of killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding a 19-year-old woman in Akron early Sunday morning.

Akron police had been called to a house at the 200 block of E. Archwood Ave., where they found a 16-year-old girl dead of a gunshot wound in the living room.

They also found a 19-year-old gunshot victim in the kitchen, said Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards. The woman, who is from Norton, was taken to Akron General Medical Center.

Edwards said he did not have a condition for her.

He said police would likely release the victims’ names today after their families had been notified.

Edwards said Stoddard entered the home through a sliding glass door in the back, according to witnesses.

Edwards said he didn’t know if Stoddard knew the victims.

“I just know that he has acquaintances at that house,” he said. “I don’t know what the relationship is. There’s still a lot of investigation to do here.”

About 5 a.m. Sunday, the Akron Police Department asked Wadsworth police to search for a black Nissan Pathfinder suspected to be involved in the shooting.

A Wadsworth officer located the SUV parked at the Legacy Inn and Suites, 810 High St. Police verified that Stoddard had checked in earlier.

Wadsworth officers and Medina County sheriff’s deputies secured the perimeter until the Medina County SWAT team arrived. The SWAT team broke through the door of Stoddard’s hotel room, and he was arrested without incident.

Akron Police took custody of Stoddard, and he was booked into Summit County Jail. Stoddard has another case pending in Summit County Court, accused of carrying a firearm illegally. He was also convicted of disorderly conduct in Wadsworth Municipal Court in October.

The Legacy Inn is the same hotel where accused killer Nathan Summerfield was arrested in August following a nationwide manhunt.

Summerfield, 27, of Ashland, is accused of killing his girlfriend, Lynn Jackenheimer, 33, also of Ashland, in Dare County, N.C., while they were vacationing in the Outer Banks with her two children in early July.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

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