June 28, 2016

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Medina man sought in alleged apartment beating

BRUNSWICK — A Medina resident is wanted on an attempted murder charge involving an 18-year-old man following an incident at Hemlock Court Apartments last month.

Detective Brian Schmitt said Dayshawn Wheeler, 22, of 395 W. Union St., was indicted June 12 on the attempted murder charge, as well as felonious assault and aggravated burglary.

Dayshawn Wheeler

Schmitt said police received a 911 call just after 3:30 a.m. May 16 from a woman who said a man came to her apartment who was confused and bleeding from his head and back.

The 18-year-old victim, a Medina resident, was taken by ambulance to Medina Hospital and then by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Schmitt said.

He said the man appeared to have been beaten and stabbed.

A few days later, Schmitt said, a company came to repossess furniture in a Hemlock Court apartment and stumbled upon what later was determined to be the crime scene.

“When they were let in by maintenance, they stepped in, found the blood, stepped right back out and called us,” he said.

Schmitt said Wheeler allegedly forced his way into the victim’s apartment, beat him with a semiautomatic handgun and stabbed him in the back with the sharp end of a claw hammer.

The victim, who was staying in a friend’s apartment when he was stabbed, suffered several injuries, including skull fractures and broken ribs, but was able to walk to get help, Schmitt said.

Wheeler “left him there to die,” Schmitt said. “If it wasn’t for (the victim) being able to get up on his own and get assistance, he very well could have died in that apartment.”

The victim was released from the hospital a few days later.

Schmitt said the two men were acquaintances, but a motive for the assault is still under investigation.

If Wheeler does not turn himself in, he said, the case could get turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Anyone with information regarding Wheeler’s whereabouts is asked to call Brunswick police at (330) 225-9111 or the Medina County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 725-6631.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.