August 29, 2014

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Police: Argument over car led to stabbing at Elyria apartments

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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.

  • Bill

    It’s been said on other stories like this that past criminal records have nothing to do with recent stories. I agree. Both of these fine upstanding citizens and their lengthy criminal rap sheets and the kind of life they live had nothing whatsoever to do with “Main” stabbing Tremayne.

    • Guest

      “Main” is Tremayne…*smh*

      • Bill

        You are correct.

  • Guest

    My first thought? Was the car “loaned” out in exchange for drugs? I’m happy to hear this young man is going to be okay. I hope I do not hear of anything like this happening in the Westfield Gardens community again! If you do not live in the community and if you are not a guest of someone that lives in the community then you have NO business being there. There are families with small children that live in this community that should NEVER be exposed to this sort of behavior.

    • Crystal Lynn

      The staff works hard to maintain Westfield Gardens. The residents of Westfield Gardens takes great pride in their community. The residents, as well as family members of the residents, do not appreciate such activity. A little advice for the people involved…..in the future, arrange a meeting at your “separate location” some other place other than this community!

      • WTFnext

        Oh please, the place is a dump. Broken glass in main entrance doors, falling apart balconies, filthy hallways, non-working laundry facilities, pot holes in the parking lot. Not to mention all of the riff raff that live there. I know someone who lives there and her description is that the place is becoming “off the hook”. There is always some kind of fight or drug deal going down in the parking lot. There are people living there that can’t get an apartment and have someone else leasing for them. The manager is aware of people on section 8 having unauthorized people living with them but doesn’t report it because it has gone on in some instances for years. At this point she would have to admit she knew all along and then the complex might get cut from dealing with rental assistance all together.

        • Crystal Lynn

          Do you live at Westfield Gardens? “You know” someone that lives at Westfield Gardens? Are you staying there unauthorized, as well? You claim to know so much about the community and have such strong opinions. In my opinion, I think your opinion is too strong for someone NOT living in the community. Please feel free to voice your opinions, suggestions, or concerns to the Property Manager. Also, feel free to let “your friend” know this, as well. I’m sure the Property Manager will not have a problem addressing them professionally. By the way, your username “WTF next” says alot about you. Please keep in mind that minors (teenagers) read the paper daily too. They are very aware of what WTF means. Do you mind cleaning it up a little? Kids are exposed to enough vulgarity in the world as it is.

          • Believeland

            I just moved out of that dump. I know nothing about people staying there when they shouldn’t be, but that’s the worst place I’ve EVER lived. Fire code has been broken many times by the manager, the dryer in my building would burn your clothes, the roof collapsed on someone on the top floor because she decided putting a bucket on their floor would fix it, my mailbox was broken for 6 months, we’ve had packages stolen, cops and fire department was there too many times to count. Not to mention the nasty buildings and the drunk lady that screams out her Window all night long! Idk how you could possibly defend this place.

    • Bill

      It’s a common practice for drug dealers to use their addicts cars to escape the attention of the police when using their own. They will even go to a car rental place to do this.

  • Crystal Lynn

    My first thought? Was the car “loaned” out in exchange for drugs? I’m happy to hear this young man is going to be okay. I hope I do not hear of anything like this happening in the Westfield Gardens community again! If you do not live in the community and/or if you are not a guest of someone that lives in the community then you have NO business being there. There are families with small children that live in this community that should NEVER be exposed to this sort of behavior.

  • Believeland

    I saw all this happen and regardless of what you people have to say might have motivated it, I saw someone bleeding to death right in front of my door. I just hope this guy is okay, it is such a cowardly thing to stab someone in a fight. Fighting isn’t the answer, but if you gotta do it, just get it over with and let the best one win! So unnecessary for such petty stuff get escalated to this level.