December 22, 2014

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Suspect arrested in connection with fatal beating

Lamont Evans Sr.

Lamont Evans Sr.

COLUMBUS — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the death of former Elyria resident Ryan Wilson.

Lamont Evans, 41, was arrested and charged with murder Wednesday. He was being held at Franklin County Jail on $5 million bond.

Police Sgt. Rich Weiner could not say how the two men knew each other, but Franklin County auditor’s records indicated that they lived in the same home, which is owned by Friends of the Homeless.

Friends of the Homeless provides residential support to homeless men and women through shelters, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing, according to its website.

On Nov. 6, Wilson, 38, was found by Columbus police and emergency medical personnel lying on the street in front of his home at 879 McAllister Ave., according to police. He later died at Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson had been living in the Columbus area for about three months. Before that, he lived in Elyria with his mother, Vanessa Wilson.

Police have not released the motive for the attack, but Vanessa Wilson said in an earlier interview that she learned Ryan Wilson had been assaulted by a number of people who wanted his coat and money.

Evans has a criminal history in Franklin County, including burglary, receiving stolen property, assault and weapons convictions.

Evans was arraigned on the murder charges Thursday at Franklin County Municipal Court, and a preliminary hearing was set for 10 a.m. Friday.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.