Joshua L. Hyle, 32, of Elyria, was cited for domestic violence and criminal damaging after the incident in the 200 block of Blaine Street, police said. Hyle was being held at the county jail without bond pending an appearance in Elyria Municipal Court.
Police were called to Hyle’s parents’ home shortly before 10 p.m. Friday on reports that Joshua Hyle was causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, Joshua Hyle’s 54-year-old father told police that he and his wife were tending to their 30-year-old son, who had come home with a cut above his right eye.
Shortly after, according to Hyle’s father, Joshua Hyle arrived and shoved his father against a kitchen counter, yelling at him to leave his brother alone.
After telling Hyle to stop, the father told police that he again went to the aid of his younger son, but Joshua Hyle struck him several times.
Police said the father recently had undergone surgery and could not defend himself.
The younger son and a third son, age 25, moved between their father and Joshua Hyle, who was eventually shoved outside the home after he pushed his mother into a counter and told his parents he planned to kill them, police reports said.
A few minutes later, Hyle used firewood to smash out the front windshields of his father’s 1995 Jeep Cherokee Laredo and a 1996 Ford Mustang belonging to one of his brothers, according to an eyewitness account given by the brother, who saw the vandalism from an upstairs window.
After a LifeCare ambulance arrived for the injured brother, Joshua Hyle’s mother came outside to discover an axe had been removed from the garage and was lying by a back door.
Hyle’s father told police he feared his son planned to ambush him with the axe when he came outside to check on the two vehicles, police said.
Hyle also was charged with felonious assault from a separate earlier incident involving a fight with his step-brother that occurred in the same evening at a house in the 800 block of Baldwin Avenue.
When police stopped the two men walking from the Baldwin Avenue home, the younger brother was bleeding heavily from above his right eye. Reports said the man also appeared to be intoxicated and could not tell them who hit him.
The injured man later told police Hyle had attacked him and caused the cut but said he didn’t want to bring charges against his stepbrother.
Police decided to file felonious assault charges against Hyle.
The injured man repeatedly refused medical treatment but agreed later to go to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where he received several stitches to close the head wound, police reports said.