Westlake Violence Brings Arson, Assaults with Golf Club

Copy of Westlake Police logoArson Follows Taser-Resistant Domestic Call on Savannah Pkwy.


Westlake Police responded to a scene of horrifying violence on Savannah Parkway the morning of March 26.

Police report that at 8:31 a.m.,  a 59-yr-old Savannah Pkwy resident reported a domestic dispute with a family member. Officers arriving on scene found the attached garage on fire.

The Westlake Fire Department  as well as Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, North Olmsted, and North Ridgeville Fire Departments  all responded.

The family member (a 28-year-old Lakewood man) is believed to have deliberately set the fire, which totaled a Lexus parked in the garage. He also struck a 59-year-old female relative with his hands, damaged numerous rooms and furnishings in the house with a golf club, swung it at a 56-year-old male relative, and then fought with officers on the scene.

Police report that initial taser use and pepper spray did not stop his resistance. A final taser deployment did allow three officers to subdue him.


The suspect was taken by police cruiser to St. John Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, as were two Westlake PD officers.

A male officer received treatment for cuts and bruises and back pain and was released. A female officer declined treatment after the suspect kneed her in the groin. Both are back at work. The male relative suffered minor burn injuries and was treated at the scene; the female relative was not injured.

The suspect suffers from a psychiatric condition and has been transported to a Columbus-area mental health facility. He has not been arrested. Charges will be presented for consideration to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury include Aggravated Arson, Felonious Assault, Assault on a Police Ofcr (x2), and Domestic Violence (x2).


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