July 1, 2016

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Person of interest in Munz death treated for consuming foreign objects

MEDINA — Stephen A. Cepec, a person of interest in the death of Chatham Township resi­dent Frank G. Munz, received medical care for consuming foreign objects while in the Medina County Jail.

Chief Deputy Ken Baca con­firmed that Cepec, 41, of Chatham Township, ingested “materials that weren’t con­sumable,” although Baca declined to specify what Cepec ingested.

Baca said that the incident occurred shortly after the department took Cepec into custody June 3. Cepec was treated and released back to authorities.

“He was placed in isolation shortly thereafter,” for observa­tion, Baca said. Cepec has since been transferred to the Lorain County Jail, where he is being held on a parole violation, Baca said.

According to a 911 tape, Munz’s nephew, Paul Munz, called police from a back bed­room ofMunz’s home as Cepec allegedly attacked Munz June 3. Paul Munz said Cepec may have borrowed money from his uncle two days prior to the incident.

Sheriff deputies found Cepec in the woods behind the Munz property on Richman Road after he allegedly fled the scene. Besides being co-chairman of the Chatham Historical Soci­ety, Munz served on the town­ship’s Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals and the Medina County Planning Commission.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.