Authorities finally nabbed a Norwalk resident accused of beating a convicted drug dealer with a large bolt.
Stephan N. Wallace, 19, of 129A N. Pleasant St. was arrested over the weekend after a short foot chase near the Circle K parking lot in Avery. Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Smith made the stop based on a traffic violation.
"The thought was Wallace had skipped town," Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
The sheriff's office had contacted U.S. Marshals about searching for Wallace. However, Sigsworth said deputies determined the suspect was still living in the Huron County area.
Wallace, a passenger in the back seat, ran from the red Pontiac after Smith had identified Wallace's identity through his cell phone, Sigsworth said.
"Wallace gave him a false name," he said. "Justin Smith did a nice job with that (stop)."
Wallace has been unable to post a $50,000 bond at the Erie County Jail since being arrested April 13.
He is charged with felony counts of felonious assault, robbery and trafficking in marijuana. He also faces misdemeanor charges of theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and obstruction of official business.
About two weeks ago, U.S. Marshals arrested Wallace's suspected accomplice, Justin A. Myers, 19, of Huron, in Toledo. He is charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault in connection with a March 23 incident.
Myers and Wallace are accused of breaking into a Plantation Motel room and beating rural Greenwich resident Dylan T.K. Mundy with a large bolt, Sigsworth said. When interviewed, Myers reportedly said he and Wallace took turns assaulting Mundy, the one-time boyfriend of Wallace's sister.
In jail since April 3, Myers also must post a $50,000 bond before being released from custody.
Mundy, 21, of 2761 Omega Road, Greenwich, was sentenced April 11 to six months in prison for a Huron County trafficking in heroin conviction.
As part of a joint recommendation between Mundy's attorney and a prosecutor, Mundy agreed to forfeit $526 in cash and a handgun that was seized during a heroin investigation.
On Sept. 5, Norwalk police detectives used a search warrant at an apartment and seized the handgun and various drug paraphernalia, including a used heroin balloon, some new balloons and marijuana-related growing lights.
Wallace was in the news nearly two years ago about driving intoxicated in a car without functioning headlights and hitting several Norwalk-area mailboxes.
In mid-August 2010, Wallace was arrested at his Norwalk apartment after city police linked him to mailbox damage on North Pleasant Street and Lais Road. There also was a damaged guardrail on the south side of Schaffer Road.
Officer Chris Kelley determined Wallace was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, which he saw with heavy front-end damage turning southbound on North West Street and accelerating as the officer got behind the car.
"I noticed the vehicle was swerving all over the road in an erratic manner and still accelerating as it neared the downtown area, so I terminated the pursuit in the interest of public safety," Kelley reported at the time.
After the pursuit, a Huron County Sheriff's Office canine unit helped police locate the Cobalt, which was abandoned on Shaw Mill Road just east of Plank Road.
Wallace, who was 18 during his arrest, submitted a breath test. Police said his blood-alcohol content level tested at .192 -- more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Ohio.
About two weeks later, Wallace was convicted of driving under the influence, hit-skip, failure to control and other charges through Norwalk Municipal Court.
Presently, Wallace is wanted on a burglary warrant that was issued Sept. 14 through Huron County Juvenile Court. Once Wallace is released from jail, the suspect is expected to be released into the custody of the Huron County Sheriff's Office, officials said.