Father Reported Warren Man Was ‘Going to Kill Someone’

Warren Twp. Homicide
Man arrested in Warren Township homicide

The Warren man accused of fatally stabbing a 71-year-old man last week admitted stabbing the man to his mother, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Patrick L. Heltzel, 20, of Atlantic Street N.E., is facing a murder charge. He is currently awaiting transfer from Greensboro, N.C., where he fled following the murder and where police apprehended him after his mother told Warren Township Lt. Don Bishop that Heltzel admitted to killing Milton A. Grumbling III.

Heltzel was charged in county court via a prosecutor’s warrant.

The affidavit says Grumbling was found dead by police on Thursday at his 4464 Kincaide East home with multiple stab wounds to his heart and several facial fractures. His torso was bloodied, his dentures broken and a broken remote control was found under Grumbling’s face.

Bishop wrote Heltzel’s father, Larry, filed a police report with Warren police the day before Grumbling was found dead that said Patrick Heltzel was using his father’s vehicle without permission and that the younger Heltzel was “going to kill someone.”

Investigators found Heltzel contacted Grumbling. Heltzel’s father told police his son had “drug problems and mental issues in the past,” the affidavit says.

The day after the murder, the affidavit says, Bishop called Heltzel’s mother’s home in Greensboro. Heltzel told Bishop he knew Grumbling and was at his home the day before officers found Grumbling dead.

Heltzel’s mother then called Bishop crying, the affidavit says. His mother told Bishop after he talked with her son that Patrick told her he “stabbed a guy named Milton.”

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