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Sandusky man arrested for slashing alleged cop-heckler

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Vincent Randleman, 46, was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released later Friday.

Donnovan Johnson, 54, of Sandusky, was later arrested and charged with felonious assault. Police got the call at about 1 a.m.

“Yes I need police at Huntington Avenue,” Randleman is heard telling 911 dispatchers in the recorded call. “I’ve been cut real bad ... by Donnovan Johnson ... he cut me real bad.”

Johnson called in moments later.

“Yeah, Vince Randleman come in my house and tried to steal my money and I had to grab my knife and try to cut him,” Johnson is heard saying before hanging up.

Police went to the 1100 block of Huntington Ave., where they heard Randleman yelling for help. Officers found him lying on the side of the street covered in blood.

“Lt. (Rich) Braun said he observed a stab wound on the back of the male’s head,” a Sandusky police report said. “Lt. Braun took the hood of Vincent’s sweatshirt and applied direct pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.”

While paramedics took Randleman to the hospital, police turned their attention to the nearby house. They rushed in with pistols drawn and handcuffed three people, including Johnson.

Before they even handcuffed him, however, Johnson claimed responsibility.

“While I was securing Donnovan in hand restraints he advised he was the one who cut Vincent,” the report said. “He was then asked what knife he used to cut Vincent with him pointing to the knife in the sink.”

It was a steak knife with a 5-inch blade.

Johnson told police it all started over money. Randleman had stopped by earlier that night, and some money came up missing, the report said.  

Johnson called Randleman, who returned to the home drunk and high, the report said. Johnson and Randleman then started fighting.

“(Johnson) said they ended up in the kitchen and Vincent started to get the best of him,” the report said. “He said at this point he grabbed a knife off the counter and slashed the back of Vincent’s head.”

Doctors used four staples to close three large slashes on the back of Randleman’s head.

Randleman’s story was different than Johnson’s.

“He said they were getting high together and Johnson told him to go get more money so they could keep getting high,” Sandusky police Lt. Rich Braun said. “Randleman said couldn’t find any more money and that’s when the fight broke out.”

Police arrested Randleman Jan. 28 on Remmington Avenue after he allegedly pulled a knife on a man. During the arrest, Randleman repeatedly urged onlookers to “put them all in the dirt” — referring to police, according to a report.  

Randleman was charged with felony assault and aggravated menacing in that case, but he was later released on personal recognizance.    

Johnson remains in the Erie County jail on $20,000 bond.


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