June 30, 2016

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Brunswick stabbing suspect was living in woods

BRUNSWICK — A homeless man accused of stabbing a 31-year-old Brunswick man was charged with felonious assault.

Brunswick police arrested Karl M. Phelps on Wednesday after a four-hour manhunt.

Karl Phelps

Police said Phelps, 27, was camping illegally in a wooded area southwest of Maxwell Boulevard and Center Road. Police said the stabbing likely took place near the campsite, and the victim traveled to the back of Buehler’s grocery, where he was found by police, Police Department spokesman Nick Solar said.

The victim identified Phelps as the man who stabbed him, and police secured the Brunswick Lake area and began searching for him. Solar said the victim was stabbed in the chest with the knife part of a multifunction tool.

The victim was taken to Southwest General Hospital, where he was listed in good condition Thursday.

Phelps was arrested about 7:20 p.m. on Aylesworth Drive.

Police also charged Joshua James, 31, with tampering with evidence. Solar said James helped move the campsite in the woods in an attempt to help Phelps evade police.

Solar said he couldn’t comment on what may have caused the stabbing, but said the victim knew his attacker and the two were acquaintances.

Solar said Phelps was known to police before the incident. He also said camping in Brunswick’s wooded areas is rare and Phelps’ site was an “isolated incident.”

Phelps was arraigned Thursday morning in Medina Municipal Court and bail was set at $300,000. James also was arraigned and his bond was set at $30,000.

Both were in the Medina County Jail on Thursday.

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