Knife-wielding man arrested after allegedly attacking ex-girlfriend, fleeing with infant

Cary Ashby • May 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

A Sandusky man was arrested this week in connection with punching his estranged girlfriend attacking her with a knife.

Chance E. Shelton, 19, was charged with one felony count each of aggravated burglary and domestic violence plus endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth and six deputies responded to Hill Road, Berlin Heights, after receiving a 9-1-1 call just before 11 p.m. that Shelton left the residence on foot with his 1-year old son. The caller reported the suspect possibly was armed with a knife.

While speaking with two of the victims in the garage, deputies saw Shelton walking in the driveway toward the residence while holding the boy. Sigsworth handcuffed the suspect, gave him his Miranda rights and placed him into the rear of his cruiser while a deputy handled the child.

The victims told deputies they were asleep when Shelton's estranged girlfriend heard banging on the front door. The woman picked up the child and reportedly saw Shelton at the door. When the woman walked into the basement, where the bedroom is located, she saw the suspect approaching her.

"(She) advised that Chance had opened the basement bedroom window, entered through the window, walked through the basement bedroom, observed (a man) sleeping in the bed and began walking toward the stairway leading to the main floor," according to the deputy's report.

As the woman began walking upstairs, Shelton punched her with a closed fist on her head two or three times while she was on the stairs and holding (the child)," according to the report.

"Chance was yelling at her about (the other man) being at the residence. Chance then walked into the kitchen and grabbed knives out of a kitchen drawer and turning back towards (the woman who) then carried (the boy) back down to the basement," deputies reported.

As the Maple Heights man, who woke up from the commotion, began to close the bedroom door, Shelton allegedly attempted to enter the bedroom. The deputy's report indicates the suspect was "threatening to kill" the woman and the Maple Heights man as he reportedly tried to enter the room.

The man negotiated with Shelton to give him the knives and he would open the door if he did. After the suspect tossed the two knife the small opening in the door, he said he simply wanted to speak to the girlfriend. The Maple Heights man then opened the door and as Shelton began to enter the room, he began "pulling out another knife that he had in his possession," according to the report.

After Shelton reportedly threatened to kill the woman if she didn't speak to him, the woman agreed to do so and Shelton handed the knife to the Maple Heights man. Shelton, after speaking to his mother via cell phone, then is accused of picking up his son and fleeing the house westbound on Hill Road, the report states.

Deputies took photographs of the scene and turned evidence, which included the three knifes, over to the detective bureau.

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