Woman hospitalized after being hit in head with beer bottle

Cary Ashby • Oct 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Authorities are seeking a Plymouth woman accused of hitting a woman with a beer bottle who apparently showed "some interest" in the suspect's ex-boyfriend.

Lora L. Garcia, 44, of 4273 Ohio 98, is charged with felonious assault, which is punishable by two to eight years in prison. Prosecutors filed the second-degree felony against her Monday in Norwalk Municipal Court, prompting a warrant being issued for her arrest, according to court records.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous 9-1-1 at 12:18 a.m. Saturday about two women who were accused of fighting at the Willard American Legion. Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said deputies responded to 3096 Ohio 99, Willard, and contacted one of the female subjects, Jessica C. Blue, 26, of 424 Spring St., Willard.

"She was bleeding from the head and had a cut on her eye. She said she was hit by a beer bottle," Patrick said. "She (Blue) was inebriated and somewhat combative."

Blue was charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication in connection with being "loud and boisterous," he said.

The woman first went to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Patrick said the suspected victim received several stitches on her head and then was transported to the Huron County Jail.

Deputies attempted to find Garcia.

"She had left prior to our arrival," Patrick said. "Attempts to locate her that evening failed."

The chief deputy credited witnesses with filling in some gaps for the suspected sequence of events. Patrick said witnesses reported there was an altercation between Blue and Garcia in which Garcia reportedly hit the other woman with a beer bottle.

"The altercation started over Miss Garcia's ex-boyfriend (whom) Miss Blue was showing some interest in," Patrick added.

It's unknown how, or if, the two women know each other.

Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel declined to comment on the case.

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