ELYRIA — Despite being assaulted and receiving a fractured facial bone during a weekend incident near a downtown Cleveland club, the lead singer of a Lorain County-based band said he believes he’ll be able to rock in an upcoming Battle of the Bands and get married this weekend.
Joseph Maiville, lead singer for Fate’s Awake, had just finished opening for the Cleveland-based band Mushroomhead at Peabody’s Night Club on 21st Street in downtown Cleveland and was walking to his car with a friend and fellow band member. That was when the two were confronted by a man in a parking lot about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
“We were almost to the car when this guy runs up and yells, ‘My friends don’t steal cars,’ ” Maiville, 26, said. “We looked at each other and said to the guy, ‘We’re not trying to steal a car, we’re just trying to go home.’ ”
At that point, the man, who Maiville said appeared to be quite intoxicated, pointed to a car pulling out of a parking space and said, “Yeah, I see you bro, trying to steal a car,” according to a Cleveland police report.
Police reports said Maiville did not recall what happened next, but his friend and fellow band member Jeff Schubert told police that the man hit Maiville in the left side of his face, knocking Maiville to the ground and causing him to black out momentarily.
As Maiville came to, he saw Schubert, 26, a guitarist in the group, tussle briefly with the man after the suspect took a swing at Schubert. A few moments later, the man ran off.
“It was completely surreal,” Maiville said. “It felt like it didn’t happen.”
Maiville drove most of the way back to Oberlin, where both men live, before he told Schubert he was feeling bad and having trouble seeing out of his left eye.
“Jeff turned to me and said ‘Geez, your face is the size of a watermelon,’ ” Maiville said.
Maiville was treated at Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin for facial fractures, police reports said.
The attacker was described as a white male with a muscular build, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighing 210 pounds.
Cleveland police labeled the incident a felonious assault. No one has been arrested in the case.
Maiville got a clean bill of health from a plastic surgeon Wednesday, according to John Zapola, a Brook Park man who co-owns the band’s record label, Right Side Media Productions.
“He won’t need any surgery, which is good news,” Zapola said.
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