August 23, 2014

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Teen out of hospital after stabbing in Walmart parking lot Sunday

ELYRIA — An 18-year-old man was stabbed repeatedly Sunday in the parking lot of the Chestnut Commons Walmart after an altercation with two males the victim told police he knew from school.

Roger Fox III, of Elyria, was taken to EMH Medical Center in Elyria following the early morning assault, where police first learned of the altercation. He later was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and has since been released.

Fox was stabbed eight times, including once in a lung, a police report said.

Police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said officers are still investigating.

The incident happened shortly after 5 a.m., when Fox said he and another friend, 20-year-old Gregory Murphy, of Elyria, were hanging out in the parking lot. According to a police report, Fox said a red Chevy Cavalier with three people inside drove past and began antagonizing Fox and Murphy as they sat on the hood of the car smoking.

Two men and a female got out of the Cavalier and, as Fox approached them, one pulled out a knife, he told police. That is when a fight started and Fox said he believed he was stabbed when he was on the ground.

The names of the individuals were given to police. However, police have only been able to determine that they may live in the Eaton Estates in Grafton, the report said. Elyria police contacted the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Grafton Police Department, but learned neither agency had additional information or arrest records on either suspect.

Police collected Fox’s clothing and the knife used in the attack from Murphy, who told police he picked it up afterward. Police are hoping to obtain a copy of video surveillance of the parking lot from around the time of the altercation.

A deliveryman told police he saw the fight but did not see the actual stabbing.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.