Suspect pleads not guilty to attacking veterans outside American Legion Post in Summit County

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 10:44 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 12:55 PM EST
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - One of the three men who are accused of assaulting two veterans, plus a third victim, outside of the Firestone Memorial American Legion Post in Akron faced a judge on Wednesday afternoon.

Cody Sell, 19, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

The other two suspects were identified as 25-year-old Michael Baratko and 19-year-old Shaun Husk. Their arraignments will be held at a later date.

All three men were each indicted on one count of felonious assault and two counts of assault.

Investigators said the unprovoked attack happened on Oct. 30 at the Post on Kenmore Boulevard.

Surveillance video from a camera at the Post shows the victim standing outside smoking a cigarette when a car pulls up.

A man in the passenger seat rolls down the window and then moments later jumps out of the car and begins beating the man who was standing outside.

Seconds later, 2 more men from the car get out and join the beating.

Two men from inside the Post come out to try and help and they also get beaten up.

All three victims, who range in age from 45 to 61 years old, suffered “significant” facial and head injuries, Akron police said.

“People just don’t care anymore, they do what they want regardless of other people’s rights,” said one of the victims.

The bartender at the Post called 911.

“This car pulled up and they started jumping him so my other 2 regulars went outside to help him and they got beat up,” she told the dispatch operator.

Akron police and the U.S. Marshals Service worked together to track down the three suspects and eventually take them into custody.

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