A 19-year-old Lakewood man was taken into custody late Tuesday night in connection with a burglary and stabbing on Webb Road on Sunday.
Kevin Mahovlic, of 17920 Detroit Ave., was arrested at his home on a charge of receiving stolen property after detectives working the case learned that he had some of the items stolen from .
The would not comment whether Mahovlic is the only suspect in the case.
But, in a written statement, police chief Timothy J. Malley commended the “excellent work performed by all of those officers of the Lakewood Police Department that were involved in this investigation.”
“For such a serious crime being committed on (Sunday), to having a suspect in custody three days later speaks volumes to the commitment of the officers of the Lakewood Police Department to their mission,” Malley said. “We look forward to a full recovery of the victim in this case and the successful prosecution of his assailant.”
According to the press release, items stolen from that crime have been recovered and have been linked to Mahovlic.
Forensic evidence was submitted to Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for analysis. So far, Mahovlic has only been charged with receiving stolen property, but additional charges are expected.
For the last three days, Lakewood Police have scoured the city looking for the man who stabbed 27-year-old Brian Favre at his home on 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.
No one else was in the home at the time of the burglary and stabbing, Malley said.
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.”
Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 216-521-6773.