December 1, 2015


Racial beating suspect bond set at $100k

ELYRIA – The second man charged in connection with the brutal beating of a teenager who was attacked after being the target of a racial slur was arraigned today in Elyria Municipal Court on a charge of felonious assault.

Kenneth Tackett of Grafton appeared before Judge John R. Musson. Tackett did not enter a plea, but is being held in the county jail on a $100,000 bond. Court records show he does not have a lawyer.

If Tackett is released, he must have no contact with the victim, 17-year-old Travis Noble, Musson ordered

Travis, police said, was standing with friends in front of the Metcalf Road home of Travis’ 16-year-old girlfriend when Tackett, 21-year-old James Machovina and an third man, who has not been charged rode past the group on bikes and addressed Travis using a racial slur. Travis ran after the bicyclist to confront them about the epithet and get into a fight with Tackett and Machovina.

Police said Machovina threw the first punch and Travis returned some punches in defense. However, police said the teen was overpowered and suffered a brutal beating that ended when police said Tackett delivered a final punt-like kick to Travis’ face, which knocked him unconscious and broke his jaw.

Travis was hospitalized for four days and underwent surgery to repair his jaw.

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