A man suspected of raping a woman Friday was still on the loose as of late evening, and Sandusky police have provided no details on his whereabouts or what he did.
Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth said four deputies went to the 1200 block of N. Larchmont Drive at about 11:45 a.m. Friday.
They were called to the scene to help Sandusky police search for the suspect, who was accused of raping a woman earlier that morning.
Sandusky police Officer James Ommert spotted the suspect, but the man fled on foot, Sigsworth said.
Details on the initial incident are unknown — including time, location and other circumstances — because Sandusky police did not complete a report on the incident, nor did officers inform the chief about the matter.
The suspect, suffering from an abdominal stab wound, had apparently stopped at a relative’s home on North Larchmont Drive sometime after the initial incident.
Police found bloody bandages at the home, Sigsworth said.
Deputies and police couldn’t find the man after an hour of searching, so they alerted Firelands Regional Medical Center to keep a lookout for a man seeking treatment for a stab wound.
A North Larchmont Drive woman who said she’s the suspect’s sister told a reporter Friday authorities visited her home earlier in the day.
She said disputes between her brother and the woman, his girlfriend, occur repeatedly.
The sister said officers didn’t tell her about the rape allegations against her brother, nor did they say that her brother had possibly been stabbed.
Information from Sandusky police, meanwhile, was nonexistent.
When a reporter asked for a police report on the incident — a report subject to public disclosure — officers said there was nothing available.
Interim Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang said late Friday he hadn’t heard about the incident, and was troubled that no one told him about it.
Friday was Lang’s first full day on the job, having been appointed interim chief in place of Charlie Sams.
Lang said he couldn’t confirm who the responding officers were, but he added that he was disturbed when he learned an officer hadn’t completed the incident report before ending the shift on Friday.
“This officer should not have gone home without the initial report being done,” Lang said. “We should have that initial report.
“Believe me — it will be taken care of and addressed,” Lang said.
Lang hadn’t heard about the incident until a reporter contacted him at 6:30 p.m.
“I was there all day today, from 7 a.m.,” he said. “They didn’t even tell me about it. I should have been told before I left to ensure (the report) was done.”
In recent days, Lang said he’ll be spending time assessing the department and learning its culture to see what issues need to be addressed.
“I think that once I get my point across, that things are going to be changed,” Lang said Friday night.
As of 7 p.m. Friday, guards at the Erie County Jail said no one had been admitted to the jail on any charges of sexual assault, rape or similar offenses.