Lakewood OH

Domestic dispute includes garage fire

Police said a family member from Lakewood deliberately set this Savannah Parkway garage on fire March 26, resulting in the destruction of this Lexus-brand automobile. (Photo courtesy of Westlake Police Department)

By Kevin Kelley


A domestic dispute at a Savannah Parkway residence March 26 ended with a garage fire that destroyed a Lexus vehicle parked inside, police said.

Police received a call at 8:31 a.m. that morning from a resident there that a domestic dispute was taking place. Officers arrived to find the attached garage on fire, according to a police statement on the incident.

Police believe the fire was deliberately set by a 28-year-old Lakewood man related to two persons living at the residence. His name has not been released.

According to police, the Lakewood man damaged several rooms and furnishings with a golf club. He also swung the club at a 56-year-old male relative and struck a 59-year-old female relative with his hand, police said.

The male relative suffered minor burn injuries and was treated at the scene, police said, while the female relative was not injured.

The suspect fought with officers who tried to subdue him, according to the incident report. Use of a taser weapon and pepper spray did not initially bring him under control, police said. Eventually, three officers were able to arrest him with the additional use of the taser, police added.

Two officers were slightly injured in the struggle and received treatment at St. John Medical Center, police said. A policeman received cuts and bruises, and a female officer declined treatment after the suspect kneed her in the groin, the police report stated. Both have returned to their jobs.

Police were told the suspect suffers from a mental illness. After being taken to St. John Medical Center for minor injuries, he was transferred to a psychiatric facility in the Columbus area. He has not been placed under arrest, police said. But prosecutors plan to ask a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury to indict him on charges of aggravated arson, felonious assault and two charges each of assaulting a police officer and domestic violence, police said.




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