Liberty PD stabbing suspect turns self in

larry patterson wanted in stabbing case

LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) –  The suspect in an early Tuesday morning stabbing in Liberty Township has turned himself in to police.

Larry Patterson, 69, met his attorney at the police department Tuesday afternoon, where he was charged with felonious assault. Police said Patterson stabbed Kennisha Staples, 29, at a home in the 100 block of Euclid Boulevard around 7 a.m.

Liberty Police Capt. Toby Merlo said there was blood inside the house and Staples was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with a stab wound to the abdomen, but she was alert and conscious. She was stabbed in the kitchen.

Patterson’s attorney, Dennis DiMartino, said the stabbing followed an argument after Patterson told  Staples she could not stay with him any more. She told police she and her children had been staying with Patterson for about two weeks.

During his arraignment, Patterson claimed Staples attacked him. Patterson’s wife said it was an unfortunate accident and that Staples ran into the knife as she was coming at her husband.

Police said Patterson has a decades old murder conviction in his past, and is considered a repeat violent offender, so the judge set his bond high. Patterson is being held at the Trumbull County Jail on $250,000 bond and is due back in Girard Municipal Court on March 11. 

Staples is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday.

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