April 18, 2014

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Lorain DUI ties man to death

CLEVELAND – A 2006 Lorain police arrest helped lead Cleveland police to a man they suspect broke into a Cleveland home and subsequently caused the heart attack and death of the 81-year-old homeowner.

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Anthony Rudolph, 22, of Cleveland, was charged with aggravated murder Thursday by Cleveland police after his DNA matched up with blood found in the Cleveland home of Martha Wascak in 2004.

Wascak was able to alert police to an intruder that had broken into her home and threatened to kill her, and she was later found unconscious on her floor – the victim of a heart attack that the Cuyahoga County coroner`s office linked to the stress caused by the invasion.

Police located blood near broken glass on Wascak`s door and placed it into evidence. However, it wasn`t until a Lorain traffic stop two years later that a suspect would be linked to the case.

In March 2006, Lorain police charged Rudolph with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and assaulting a police officer after he nearly crashed his truck into an East Erie Avenue home.

Rudolph threatened the responding officer as he was placed in the back seat of the police cruiser, and later tried to punch the officer while being administered a blood alcohol test at the hospital.

As part of Rudolph`s probation, he submitted a blood sample that was entered into a statewide DNA database. The sample matched that of the blood left behind in Wascak`s home in 2004 and led to his arrest Wednesday.

Rudolph will be arraigned today in Cleveland Municipal Court.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.