Teen pleads guilty to attacking paramedic, released on house arrest

Assault happened at Brian Buffet restaurant, where suspect had a heroin overdose.
Cary Ashby
Dec 21, 2012


A former Norwalk teenager pleaded guilty this week to attacking a paramedic and stealing her grandfather's credit card.

Lisa M. Barnett, 19, now of Sandusky, will be sentenced Feb. 5 for one felony count each of assaulting a paramedic and receiving stolen property. The convictions relate to separate incidents.

The assault happened Sept. 27 at Brian Buffet, a Plank Road restaurant where Barnett had a heroin overdose.

"The lady was crying and screaming and yelling about having Hepatitis C," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff, during Barnett's late October arraignment, said Barnett "went into the bathroom and shot herself full of heroin."

"She was throwing up all over herself," he said.

North Central EMS was called to the scene. Woodruff said Barnett, while paramedics were attempting to treat her, scratched and bit a female medical worker. A witness who works near the restaurant said Barnett reportedly was half naked and running around the parking lot before paramedics arrived.

"I was not aware of that," Leffler said. "I didn't bring that to the attention of the grand jury."

Huron County Public Defender David Longo has said the bite didn't penetrate the victim's skin, but there was a "concern" about being scratched. Leffler said Friday he thinks the paramedic is doing OK now.

The receiving stolen property charge is for a Sept. 11 incident.

At Thursday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway released Barnett on house arrest on a personal recognizance bond. She had been unable to 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

"She was going to move to Sandusky to live with an aunt and get away from Norwalk," Leffler said. "She promised (Conway) she would get treatment.

"She'd been in jail quite some time," said Leffler, who thinks Barnett could be a good candidate for a community-based corrections facility.

Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The judge ordered Barnett to undergo a random drug screen once a week, court administrator Linda Stower said.



Just as in reference to the Willard incident that ended up with an accident, this shows the type of situations our first responders are encountered with.

Dr. Information

Totally agree Blaze.




So she's throwing up all over herself at a restaurant, claiming she has Hepatitus C, and gets half naked in the parking lot? Yeah kids, this is your brain on drugs. Any questions?


Sounds like she would be a great party entertainer eh? I wish they would just put all these losers away.


Ah, yet another druggie who will leech off the rest of us and never be a productive member of society.



Pretty sad when one says they are going to move to Sandusky to live with an aunt to get away from Norwalk. I never thought moving to Sandusky would be considered an upgrade from Norwalk.


You are right, there! How about an Amish or Mennonite family taking her in? THAT would get here away from the "stuff" and the environment, and put her butt to work! Get her "clean and sober" and teach her a (new) work ethic.

jack langhals

This is The New York Times,Right?


what and she will be sent to rehab and get out and do the same shit again

hor mone

I cain't have the sushi now.


...this is just the kind of thing that will put the damper on a promising future political career... or insure it...

Estrella Damm

So heroin gives you the munches. Sandusky has more buffets than Norwalk. Good choice young lady, promise the judge to be good and he won't sentence you.


BUT..just like everything else in the US today, let's not hold HER accountable. Nope, not her fault, it's the drugs, it's society, it's Quenten Tarrentino movies, or rock music. Personally, I think Miami Vice should take the blame here. But not her...nooo...she's the victim, right tree-huggers?


I'm shocked! No comments about welfare, food stamps, gov't assistance, entitlements, Obama, Obama phones, guns, the price of gold, etc. etc. etc. It's actually refreshing!

Dr. Information

^no, its just that we all realize that she is more than likely sucking off the government. We are just tired of repeating ourselves. Just more local TRASH that needs to be taken out.

Karma Watcher

Why is it all these people who are invoved in drug related crimes all get to go home in some way. They keep other criminals with petty crimes on unafforded bonds but let these drug addicts go home... I just don't get it. They do not punish these drug crimes like they should. Just saying.


Wow only19