Assault suspect found in Chicago

Warrants were issued for his arrest, but he was not located until a Chicago police officer found him early last week.
Courtney Astolfi
Feb 28, 2014


The last Sandusky teen wanted for the brutal 2011 assault of a Ging Street man was located in Chicago earlier this month, and shipped back to Erie County on Thursday.
Fred McDonald, 18, of the 900 block of Hayes Ave., is now awaiting a sentencing hearing on charges of complicity to felonious assault. In a July 2013 plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of complicity to attempted murder and gang offenses, according to court documents.

Two years prior, McDonald was one of about 30 teens, ages 14 to 16, who took part in the violent beating of Rocco Marinucci, 35.

The crowd attacked Marinucci when he told them to get off his property, after they went there to entice his son to fight, police said. One teen cracked Marinucci over the head with a lead pipe, and another bashed a brick against his head, knocking him unconscious.

Officials opted to try McDonald as an adult in the case, alleging he played a lead role in the attack. After McDonald pleaded guilty to the single assault charge in July, the court allowed him to leave the Erie County jail on a $30,000 personal recognizance bond.

His bond was revoked the following month, however, because new, unrelated charges were filed against McDonald in Sandusky Municipal Court, court records stated. McDonald was never found, and he skipped his Sept. 19 sentencing hearing before Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone.

Warrants were issued for McDonald’s arrest, but he was not located until a Chicago police officer found him early last week. During a random stop-and-talk Feb. 16, Chicago officers discovered McDonald had an outstanding Erie County warrant.

They arrested him and conveyed the information to local deputies, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said. McDonald was held at the Cook County jail until his extradition hearing earlier this week.

Once that concluded, two Erie County deputies booked a flight, retrieved McDonald and escorted him home. Their plane arrived in Cleveland on Thursday evening, and McDonald was taken straight to the Erie County jail, Oliver said. He remains there without bond.



Why no Gang charges?


Wouldn't it have been less expensive to drive to Chicago?


Yes, why didn't they just use transcor? Could have saved the taxpayers some money.

Stop It

mu'fa-a be goin' down.


Like your moms? Miss stop it.


Let's see 5-6 hour drive there to pick him up time getting him out of the Chicago custody then 5-6 hour drive to sandusky. Orrrrrr hour drive to Hopkins 45 minute flight pick up the 45 minute flight home. So something that could be done in less than eight hours avoiding costly overtime for the county. No brainer to fly to me


Right because a flight to Chicago and back is really cheap right?? You MUST be a county commissioner spewing logic like that...

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Hope your squad is proud of you. Takes 30 punks to fight one kid, rot in jail friggin wanna be gangsta...


Um he was a grown man. But on the other hand all of them deserve the time they get. To beat someone like that is bull$h!+.


How is the man they attacked doing? Such brutality makes no sense, why so violent? So, you can do the crime and run away, you aren't even sorry are you? selfish a$$.