June 27, 2016


Police: Argument over car led to stabbing at Elyria apartments



ELYRIA — An argument over a car escalated into a stabbing around 10:55 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Westfield Garden Apartments, 525 Bell Ave.

Michaell Newsome, 50, of Elyria, was arrested in the parking lot and charged with felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. Police said he stabbed 26-year-old Tremayne Wallace with a knife with a 4-inch blade. Wallace, of Elyria, was in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland Tuesday night.

The incident began earlier in the day when Wallace — whose street name is “Main” — borrowed a Toyota Corolla from two of Newsome’s friends, according to police. When he failed to return the Corolla later in the day, the two friends called Wallace, who said he would meet them with the Corolla outside the apartments, which are near state Route 57 and next to a Speedway gas station.

Newsome, of the 1800 block of Middle Avenue, knew Wallace, according to police spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino, who said Newsome accompanied his friends to the apartments. Newsome seemed to be upset about the fact that Wallace made Newsome and his friends drive to a separate location other than his house, Costantino said.

When Newsome arrived at the apartments, he argued with Wallace and a fight began. In the middle of the fight, Wallace looked down to see that he’d been stabbed in the leg, Costantino said.

Wallace lost a lot of blood, according to Costantino. A 15-foot blood stream trickled underneath the Corolla around 11:30 p.m. Monday and firefighters were called to hose down the parking lot.

Newsome and his two friends remained in the area after the stabbing, and when officers arrived, Costantino said Newsome admitted to using a knife but said he didn’t realize he stabbed Wallace.

Newsome was being held at Lorain County Jail on a $26,000 bond Tuesday night.

He is due in Elyria Municipal Court at 1 p.m. Monday.

Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

About Anna Merriman

Anna Merriman is the police reporter for the Chronicle-Telegram. She can be reached at 329-7245 or AMerriman@chroniclet.com.Follow her on Twitter.