UPDATE: Man stabbed in downtown Sandusky

Early morning brawl on Columbus Avenue sends one to hospital.
Shawn Foucher
Nov 23, 2013


UPDATE 2:28 p.m. — Joseph Moffitt, 31, of Monroeville, and Dustin Ramsey, 31, of Sandusky, are held at the Erie County Jail on $20,000 bonds for allegedly stabbing a man multiple times during a fight early Saturday morning.

Sandusky police arrested Moffitt and Ramsey at the scene, when witnesses pointed them out to police near the intersection of Water Street and Columbus Avenue.

Police said they attacked Jason Dendy, 32, who was flown by medical helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, where he remained Saturday afternoon.

Moffitt and Ramsey are both charged with disorderly conduct fighting and complicity to felonious assault. Ramsey also is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


ORIGINAL POST 2:20 a.m. — A man suffered at least two stab wounds to the abdomen Saturday morning in a brawl on Columbus Avenue downtown, Sandusky police said.

The victim's name was not immediately available. He was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center, and his condition was unknown.

Officers and firefighters were called to the area near Water Street and Columbus Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. 

Police said they have one person of interest in custody and they've also talked to a number of people who may have witnessed the attack. Officers bagged a few pieces of bloodied clothing found near the curbside, then cleared the scene about 45 minutes later. Additional details were not immediately available.

Check back later today for updates.



WTF Sandusky


I used to live downtown within walking distance to Daly's. I spent a lot of nights "closing the bar" and walked home. I do not recall as many fights, stabbings, or police calls back then. Something is wrong with the new "drinkers". Glad I am not part of that crowd anymore.


until I looked at the paycheck that said $4481, I didn't believe ...that...my friend woz actualy bringing in money parttime at there computar.. there friend brother has done this for under 6 months and just now paid for the mortgage on their condo and got a gorgeous Lotus Elan. blog link http://goo.gl/f6e95V


let me guess one of the parties incolved has a name like dashawn or daquel or darious!

The Bizness

This may have been a fight between men of any race.


Or billybob, bobsue, johnbob. Or let me guess the all famous Dude.


.........or YoMamma


Feinstein better write up some Knife Control legislation!

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Professor Playdoh

As a Columbus Street resident, I can’t wait to get my bunker done.

Azure Ray

The common denominator usually seems to be Daly's. Let's close it down!


You cannot punish the establishment because of actions of the patrons. It that was the case the catholic church would have been closed a long time ago for committing mass genocides.


The establishment's stock in trade is an atmosphere - anyone can put a beer in front of a customer, but bar patrons are very partisan about their watering holes. If a bar consistently attracts an undesirable element, the management bears some blame for that.


Closing Daly's down will not solve anything. The people causing the problem will just move elsewhere.

Raoul Duke

Nothing good ever happens after midnight...

Home Boy

Raoul....I've said the same thing for years, and I mean YEARS. Used to tell kids, young and old, if you're out after midnight you better be indoors at a very familiar place like that of a close friend or family member. And downtown Sandusky sure doesn't come into those categories. Frankly, I'm nervous about various parking areas down there even at 9:00 PM. but it's not just Sandusky. It's the "times". Lots of "tough guys" out there.

Simple Enough II

I see the news is back to usual!


If people would get out of this anything goes, do whatever you want, mindset and get back to having some respect and morals, doing what's right instead of whatever pops into their mind, we wouldn't have all this craziness going on every day. Even the everyday language is disrespectful to those of us who try to stay away from that. Completely void of respect for life or who they insult or hurt.


My feelings exactly kingd, if more kids got their butts spanked like we did then maybe the u.s.a. wouldn't be going to pot. I was spanked when little and so were my kids and they don't run around killing or injuring people over some stupid little thing. Kids and that includes 25 and under have no respect for anything now days. Took priority out of the hands of parents and now it's starting to take its toll. Not saying abuse your children, just show them who is the authority.


Maybe you don't see the respectful, hardworking, and smart young people because you are focused only on the "bad ones." There are plenty of great kids out there and I feel that different generations and age groups can work together and help each other get through a depressing economy and a world that isn't always pretty. Respect can't be pounded into anyone. It has to be mutually earned.




No one seen that coming. He c I us be Amish tho so there might be a race issue




Deertracker, that's what I said at first also...I believe those split up letters should have been the word "could".....must be typing on a phone....androids these days, sometimes they suck!..haha


I think he means to say that the perp's first name was Joseph, and something about the Amish.

But you know, for some people, English is hard.


Does anyone even know if the guy was a bar patron?

yea right

FYI the "man" is in cleveland. he was stabed 4 times most critical was the wound to the liver..next 24 hrs well tell..the "bad guy" had a 6 in knife..he is in custody.

Erie County Resident

Why were these to brainiacs not charged with attempted murder???

yea right

2 white guys on 1 black guy


It was two on two. dustin was fighting another guy who is unamed.Then the victim jumped in. then moffit jumped in to help his friend getting jumped by the two black guys and used his knife.


Yes it was *could*


It is scary since most of the new generation of drinkers.. Aren't just having a few beers. They are popping pills with the booze.


Its not always the establishment that is at fault, although, good bartenders and security can be proactive and reduce violence in bars.
Downtown Sandusky has become a very violent district, rather than having patrols in cars downtown, they should have officers on foot patrol as well, especially during the witching hour.

he said she said

I don't know the whole story except from the paper and what I've heard. From what I understand, he was trying to stop a fight and the one he pulled away then turned and stabbed him.


Nothing good after midnight? Bah! Milk gets hauled. Fields get ploughed. Lady C was right..I see good young people along with the bad. Honestly most people over 50 seem very self-centered.


Mr. Moffit was lifeflighted from this area two months ago after being jumped on by four guys. so he started carrying a knife for protection. Does this justify stabbing someone while they are down -i think not. i pray for the victim in this case. Sandusky is going to shit. Stay away from downtiwn at nite on the weekends. stuff like this happens everynight down there.



Its a sad situation from all both sides. I hope the victim ends up being okay. moffit is the father of my niece . she loves her father dearly. i dread her growing up without a dad..the victim will be in my prayers tonite. nobody deserves their life taken away.fingers crossed!!


What ever happened to a good old fashion butt whooping?punching each other a few times and having the problem over and done with.Now its several people jumping on one person..or like this case a weapon being used. if u feel like ur life is in danger is the only way i feel a weapon should b used.

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2901.05 Burden of proof - reasonable doubt - self-defense.
(A) Every person accused of an offense is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and the burden of proof for all elements of the offense is upon the prosecution. The burden of going forward with the evidence of an affirmative defense, and the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, for an affirmative defense, is upon the accused.


(1) Subject to division (B)(2) of this section, a person is presumed to have acted in self defense or defense of another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if the person against whom the defensive force is used is in the process of unlawfully and without privilege to do so entering, or has unlawfully and without privilege to do so entered, the residence or vehicle occupied by the person using the defensive force.


(a) The presumption set forth in division (B)(1) of this section does not apply if the person against whom the defensive force is used has a right to be in, or is a lawful resident of, the residence or vehicle.

(b) The presumption set forth in division (B)(1) of this section does not apply if the person who uses the defensive force uses it while in a residence or vehicle and the person is unlawfully, and without privilege to be, in that residence or vehicle.

(3) The presumption set forth in division (B)(1) of this section is a rebuttable presumption and may be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence.

(C) As part of its charge to the jury in a criminal case, the court shall read the definitions of "reasonable doubt" and "proof beyond a reasonable doubt," contained in division (D) of this section.

(D) As used in this section:

(1) An "affirmative defense" is either of the following:

(a) A defense expressly designated as affirmative;

(b) A defense involving an excuse or justification peculiarly within the knowledge of the accused, on which the accused can fairly be required to adduce supporting evidence.

(2) "Dwelling" means a building or conveyance of any kind that has a roof over it and that is designed to be occupied by people lodging in the building or conveyance at night, regardless of whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent or is mobile or immobile. As used in this division, a building or conveyance includes, but is not limited to, an attached porch, and a building or conveyance with a roof over it includes, but is not limited to, a tent.

(3) "Residence" means a dwelling in which a person resides either temporarily or permanently or is visiting as a guest.

(4) "Vehicle" means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized, that is designed to transport people or property.

(E) "Reasonable doubt" is present when the jurors, after they have carefully considered and compared all the evidence, cannot say they are firmly convinced of the truth of the charge. It is a doubt based on reason and common sense. Reasonable doubt is not mere possible doubt, because everything relating to human affairs or depending on moral evidence is open to some possible or imaginary doubt. "Proof beyond a reasonable doubt" is proof of such character that an ordinary person would be willing to rely and act upon it in the most important of the person's own affairs.