A Wakeman Township man goes to trial this week in connection with an assault that sent a Norwalk woman to the hospital.
George W. "Will" Gnage, 22, of 5810 U.S. 20, Lot 112, is charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and resisting arrest. He has been in the Huron County Jail since April 24. His Norwalk Municipal Court trial is scheduled for Thursday.
Gnage also initially was charged with driving under the influence, according to jail records. The charges are in connection with the April 22 incident at the BP Friendship gas station, 64 E. Main St., Wakeman. The suspect got out of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) about the time two other male occupants went into the store to buy some cigarettes.
Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker has said Gnage broke the sun roof as he got out of the SUV, fell off, and then went on the top of another vehicle and walked on the roof before jumping off.
The suspect then is accused of hitting a 43-year-old Norwalk woman in the face while she was pumping gas, Hunker said. The victim was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center and later released.
"He punched her with a closed fist a few times. She didn't know how many times he hit her," Hunker said soon after the incident. "Her face was covered with blood."
Some customers, who pulled Gnage off the woman, tackled him and "held (him) down until police arrived just a few minutes later," Hunker said. The chief, who wasn't sure if Gnage was "on something" or having a mental issue, said he's grateful for the intervention of the witnesses because he said the situation could have been worse.
Gnage was admitted at Fisher-Titus for a reported fracture to his wrist.
"It was one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen," Hunker said about the assault.
Lakewood authorities have a holder on Gnage for a possession of drugs charge, according to jail records. His bond is $16,500.