One teen jailed, one in hospital after fight

May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

MEDINA — City police are investigating a reported assault Monday involving two juveniles that sent one teen to the hospital.

About 3:15 p.m., two boys were involved in an altercation in the 300 block of Brookland Drive.

One juvenile, a 17-year-old Medina boy, suffered a severe laceration to the left cheek and neck area after being struck with a glass jar or bottle in the fight, according to police.

The boy’s mother flagged down a police cruiser as she drove the boy to the hospital, and police called Medina’s Life Support Team to respond due to the seriousness of the injury, police Lt. Bob Starcher said.

The teenager initially was treated at Medina Hospital, then flown Monday night to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center for surgery, according to a police report.

A 15-year-old boy, also of Medina, was taken into police custody Monday and transported to the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center. He is facing a charge of juvenile delinquency by reason of felonious assault, the report said.

The boy reportedly was uncooperative when police attempted to arrest him, and Starcher said there may be additional charges against the boy.

Starcher said police believe the boys knew each other.

“We are confident it was not a random attack, that there was some history and lead-up to the assault,” he said.

Reporter Steve Grazier contributed to this report.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.

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