(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional information from Elyria Police.)
ELYRIA — An Avon Lake man is in Lorain County Jail, charged with biting off part of a Cleveland man’s ear and stabbing him in the head at a Griswold Road motel Wednesday morning.
Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said 30-year-old Errol Young, of the 200 block of Inwood Boulevard in Avon Lake, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony.
Costantino said officers were called to the Carefree Inn — formerly Knights Inn and an EconoLodge — at 523 Griswold Road about
9:30 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a man bleeding from his head and asking for help.
Initial reports were that the man possibly had been shot, but that did not turn out to be true, Costantino said.
“During the fight Errol Young bit a fair chunk of the victim’s ear off,” Costantino said. The victim also had “multiple lacerations” on his face police believe were caused by a knife, he said.
According to a police report on the incident, Young told officers he had recently learned that 24-year-old Michael Keshishian of Cleveland, who had been staying with Young and a 27-year-old North Ridgeville woman in the hotel room, had warrants.
Young told officers that made him not want Keshishian around, but that the woman let him stay there anyway. Keshishian, he said, then attacked the two as they slept and was biting Young on the hands when Young bit Keshishian "to get him off of him," according to the police report.
Young had scratches on his hands and was sweating profusely, officers noted. The woman told officers she was awakened by Young and Keshishian fighting and that she didn't know Keshishian well.
Officers also found warrants for Young's arrest through the Parma Police Department and he was taken into custody on those.
Keshishian first was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, then flown to a Cleveland hospital and was last reported to be in stable condition with injuries that aren’t life-threatening, Costantino said.
Police are continuing to investigate, he said.
Young’s prior criminal record includes arrests for domestic violence, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and theft, according to Lorain County Jail records.