A Norwalk man faces two felonies in connection with hitting another man over the head with his walking cane.
Michael L. Beaver, 54, of the 5100 block of U.S. 250, is charged with one count each of felonious assault, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct (intoxication). The charges stem from an incident about 9 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment in the 400 block of East Adams Street in Sandusky.
A Sandusky man was hanging out with a few people when Beaver walked into the home and called the man a "punk," according to a Sandusky police report.
Beaver is accused of then poking the man with his walking cane, hoping to entice him into a fight. The man grabbed for the cane, but Beaver reportedly snatched it away and used it to strike him in the head a few times, police said.
According to Beaver's friend who lives nearby, the suspect "had (a) beef" with the man because he thought he'd stolen the friend's shirt, according to the report.
Paramedics treated the victim for a large laceration on his forehead.
Officers said they located Beaver in the friend's apartment and found two knives and a multi-tool in his pockets. Investigators later located the cane stashed behind a cabinet and charged Beaver with tampering with evidence in connection with trying to hide it from police.
Another man in the apartment, Kenneth Starcher, 48, of Sandusky, was charged with disorderly conduct (intoxication) in connection with refusing to tell police what happened and saying reportedly "Do your job; I ain't no snitch." Police said Starcher, whose blood-alcohol content registered at 0.245 percent, was released to a sober person.
Beaver must post a $34,000 bond before being released from the Erie County Jail.