Suspect accused of breaking eye socket of local resident

Cary Ashby • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM

A former Plymouth resident accused of breaking the eye socket of a Willard man has been arrested several months after the suspected incident.

Matthew A. Gayheart, 29, of Tiffin, had been wanted on a felonious assault warrant since Nov. 14, according to Norwalk Municipal Court records.

The second-degree felony, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison, is in connection with a Sept. 2 incident.

Willard Police Sgt. Shannon Chaffins and Officer Ed Tackett were dispatched to an assault complaint on Park Street just before 10 a.m. Chief Mark Holden said the victim, a 41-year-old Willard man, had “blood running from his nose and his left eye” and identified Gayheart as the assailant.

An ambulance responded and transported the man to Mercy Willard Hospital. Holden said some of the victim’s relatives came to the station about 3 p.m. and reported he had been taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center with a broken eye socket.

At the time of the complaint, Gayheart was wanted on a failure to pay fines and costs warrant out of Shelby Municipal Court.

Corrections officers booked the suspect into the Huron County Jail on Monday.

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