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Police say stabbing suspect confessed


LORAIN — Stabbing suspect Jeannette Hickerson confessed after a blood trail led police to her back door, police said.

“He slapped me so I stabbed him,” Hickerson said of victim Elia Alston, according to police Officer Chris Ferenzi’s report.

“She again mentioned that she ‘stabbed him’ after she was placed in into the back seat of my patrol vehicle,’” Ferenzi wrote.

Alston was bleeding profusely from a two-inch wound in his neck when he walked about 160 yards and collapsed on the front porch stairs of a home in the 2100 block of Pole Avenue around 8:50 p.m. Sunday, police said.

A witness told the Chronicle-Telegram on Tuesday that Alston was screaming for help.

“He said, ‘I can’t breathe,’” said the woman who asked not to be identified because of safety concerns. “It was disgusting. I don’t know how he made it that far.”

Alston, of the 1700 block of West 29th Street in Lorain, was listed in fair condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Wednesday night, according to a nursing supervisor. A witness told police she heard an argument coming from Hickerson’s home in the 1700 block of West 22nd Street and then heard someone call for help before the stabbing, the report said.

Both Alston and Hickerson have criminal records.

Hickerson, who pleaded not guilty in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday, was being held Wednesday night in Lorain County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond. She is due back in court next Wednesday.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or

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