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Police Search for Suspect in Lakewood Stabbing, Burglary

27-year-resident hospitalized from injuries that required surgery.

Lakewood Police are looking for man who stabbed 27-year-old Brian Favre of Webb Avenue early Sunday.

Favre, who underwent surgery for a severe cut to his arm, was recovering at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland on Monday afternoon.

Police were called to the Rush Inn on Detroit Avenue at 1:40 a.m. Sunday and found Favre who had been stabbed in the arm after struggling with a burglar who forced his way into his duplex located at 1380/1382 Webb Ave.

The suspect, described as a 25-year-old man, 5'10" and 150lbs, is still at large.

“The suspect gained entry to the home and when he went to the upstairs he confronted Mr. Favre and they had a struggle and he ended up getting cut with a sharp instrument,” said Police Chief Timothy J. Malley, who declined to reveal the exact weapon used in the attack.

No one else was in the home at the time of the burglary and stabbing, Malley said.

“The suspect then ran out and the victim realized that he was cut. He couldn’t find his cell phone so he ran to the Rush Inn and they assisted him by applying pressure to his wounds, and calming him until the ambulance got there,” he said.

Favre was transferred to the intensive care unit after his surgery and was expected to have a good recovery, Malley said.

Malley, who said there have not been any recent burglaries in that area, believes the suspect was surprised to discover Favre in the home.

 “I would assume he had thought no one was home,” Malley said. “By and large our burglaries occur during the daytime when people aren’t expected to be home. A nighttime burglary is really out of the ordinary.”

He said there is always the potential for a nighttime burglary to be more dangerous.

“Just like this situation here – if you’re home at the time and there’s a confrontation – it’s not going to be good for somebody,” he said. “It’s just important to know that this sort of thing can happen,” Malley said. “It’s a good reminder for lights on porches and side doors and locks on doors and windows so we don’t make it easy for anybody.”

Malley couldn’t reveal details on how the suspect got into the home other than to say he used “force.”

 “We’re going to certainly be very vigilant about this and examine all the leads and all the evidence that we have and we feel confident that we’ll find the person,” Malley said.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773.

Alan R. February 22, 2011 at 07:01 PM
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