MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - The Maple Heights Police Department confirmed the man wanted for allegedly physically assaulting an 88-year-old woman so severely that she was hospitalized for nearly a week is in custody.
Bedford police posted the plea for the public’s help in the search saying the alleged assault left the woman with multiple facial fractures, broken teeth and hearing loss.
According to Maple Heights police, the department recieved a call at approximately 7:44 p.m. on May 6 from a female that reported an elderly woman was lying on the group calling for help.
Police said the woman was seated near the sidewalk of Turney Road just west of Dunham Road next to the Huntington Bank waiting for the RTA bus.
When officers arrived, they found the 88-year-old woman from Bedford with severe head injuries, according to the report.
Despite her injuries, the woman was able to tell officers as they waited for medical assistance that a man walked up to her and viciously struck her head and knocked her to the ground, according to police.
Police said the woman described the suspect as a man that was about 20-years-old wearing a white t-shirt and had tattoos on his arm.
According to police, the man crossed the street and casually walked away from the scene after he struck the woman.
The store surveillance cameras at Drug Mart on Turney Road captured clear images of the attacker.
The report stated the woman was transported to Marymount Hospital for treatment and was subsequently transported to MetroHealth Hospital for further trauma care.
Police said the Maple Heights Police Department received information on Thursday from BCI regarding submitted DNA evidence.
That information provided a possible named suspect, according to police.
Police said those results combined with the tips provided to the Maple Heights Police Department led to the suspect’s arrest.
Maple Heights police said the man’s name will be released when he is formally charged.
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