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Police: Woman’s stabbing was a random attack


Chelsea Miller and Evan Goodenow, The Chronicle-Telegram

ELYRIA — A stabbing suspect remained free late Tuesday.

“I have lacerations to my chest and my arm is cut right open,” Joanne Palange told an emergency dispatcher in a 911 call at 6:06 p.m. Monday from the garage of Palange’s home at 430 Longfellow St. “I was in my garage and he came up behind me.”

The 55-year-old Palange, who suffered non-life threatening wounds, said she didn’t know the man who she said also punched her. Palange told police she was looking in the garage for a screwdriver prior to the attack. “She felt something wasn’t right, and she turned around and saw a tall, thin, dark-skinned male,” police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said.

Palange, treated and released from EMH Elyria Medical Center, said the man ran off after her St. Bernard barked at him. The woman lives with her husband and son, but both were at work at the time of the attack, said Costantino, who called the stabbing a “random attack.”

Dispatchers told Palange to apply direct pressure to her wounds while she waited for help. Dispatchers kept Palange talking to keep her from going into shock and instructed her to take long, deep breaths.

“Stay with us ma’am, and keep putting pressure there, OK?” a dispatcher said. “Everybody’s coming to help you.”

Palange couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call police at (440) 323-3302.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or or Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or

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