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Police hunt for suspect in woman's stabbing


ELYRIA — A man suspected of stabbing a woman in her 430 Longfellow St. home around 6:05 p.m. Monday remained at large early this morning.

The 55-year-old woman, whom police wouldn’t name, was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Herb de la Porte, LifeCare Ambulance vice president. The woman called police on her cell phone at 6:06 p.m., saying she’d been stabbed, according to police Sgt. Deena Baker, and police were seeking a tall dark-skinned man.

Neighbor Matt Compolo said police told him the man was wearing an off-white T-shirt.

Officers — including Lorain County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and North Ridgeville police — scoured the north side neighborhood. Police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said the suspect reportedly entered the open garage of the woman’s home and stabbed her before running away. Costantino wouldn’t say how many times the woman was stabbed.

The woman lives in a two-story house at near the dead-end of the street by state Route 57. Costantino said the woman’s husband was at work when the stabbing occurred and officers haven’t located her son, who lives with the couple.

Shortly after the stabbing, a half-dozen officers dressed in black pants and T-shirts with “Police” lettered in white across the backs stood in the driveway of the home waiting for the dog warden to arrive to secure a large dog before they entering the house. Campolo, 23, said four police cruisers initially responded to the stabbing.

“A bunch of SWAT-looking guys got out of a big black van with guns and a lot of equipment,” Campolo said as he sat on a bicycle a few doors away.

He said officers went door-to-door a few minutes later telling everyone to get inside their homes and lock their doors and asking if they’d seen the suspect.

“It was pretty crazy,” Campolo said.

Police Capt. Costantino would not say how many times the woman was stabbed, but he said she had multiple cuts and lacerations to her arms and chest

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or, Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or Steve Fogarty at 329-7246 or

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