N.F. man jailed in ax handle assault

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

A North Fairfield man accused of brutally attacking two people with an ax handle must post a $40,000 bond before being released from jail.

Johnny Crouse, 43, of 1568 E. Townline Road 131, is accused of breaking into a Peru Olena Road mobile home Monday and assaulting a man and woman, Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said. The prosecutor declined to elaborate on their injuries, but a sheriff's detective said the victims had mostly head injuries.

North Central EMS transported the victims to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

"It was a brutal attack," Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said. "It was a jealousy issue over the female."

Crouse is accused of kicking in the door to his ex-girlfriend's home after she didn't open the door, according to the Sandusky Register. The suspect reportedly brandished the ax handle and hit the woman hard enough to require "two layers of stitches," according to the story.

Before the ax handle incident, Crouse is accused of threatening the male victim with a screwdriver, Howard said. The victims didn't report the earlier incident. The investigator said the suspect left the mobile home, drank an "excessive amount of beer" and returned to Peru Olena Road with the ax handle.

Howard interviewed Crouse when he was sober Tuesday.

"He admitted to the entire attack," the detective said.

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