A Norwalk woman went to the hospital after a male suspect who was acting bizarrely punched her in the face while she was pumping gas Monday.
The suspect, a 22-year-old Wakeman Township man, got out of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the BP Friendship gas station, 64 E. Main St., Wakeman. The two other male subjects who were in the SUV earlier went into the store to buy some cigarettes.
Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said the suspect got out of the SUV through the sun roof, breaking it in the process, and then fell off the vehicle. He said the man went on the top of another vehicle and walked on the roof before jumping off.
Then, the suspect hit a 43-year-old Norwalk woman in the face while she was pumping gas, police said. The man isn't being named because he hadn't been charged as of press time.
"There is no connection between the victim and the offender. They're not related or anything," Hunker said.
"He punched her with a closed fist a few times. She didn't know how many times he hit her," the chief said. "Her face was covered with blood.
"He was tackled by customers and held down until police arrived just a few minutes later," Hunker said.
The victim, a former Wakeman resident, was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and later released.
"She wasn't admitted," Hunker said.
The suspect also went to Fisher-Titus for various injuries.
"They actually admitted him for a fracture to his wrist," said Hunker, who expected the man to have an appointment with a mental health professional Tuesday.
The assault happened about 4:15 p.m. Monday.
"It was one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen," Hunker said.
The chief said he was grateful for the intervention of the witnesses who pulled the suspect off the woman because the situation could have been worse.
Hunker said he's not sure if the man was "on something" or having a mental issue.
Charges are pending.