July 25, 2016

Mostly clear

Attempted murder suspect pleads not guilty in court

MEDINA — A Massillon man pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and a handful of other charges stemming from a June 1 incident in Wadsworth.

Ryan S. Foster, 38, is charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies; and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Ryan S. Foster

Ryan S. Foster

On June 1 about 2:20 p.m., Foster allegedly broke into an apartment in the 500 block of Seville Road and attacked a man with a hammer and a knife, according to Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman.

“This is a very serious and significant case,” Holman said following Monday’s arraignment.

The 28-year-old victim was able to escape from the apartment but spent one night at Akron General Medical Center. He was treated for stab wounds and injuries to his face from the hammer, Holman said.

At the time of the incident, the victim was staying with Foster’s ex-girlfriend, Holman said.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled Foster’s trial for Aug. 8 and assigned attorney Tony Manning to represent him.

Foster is being held in the Medina County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.