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Woman sustains head injuries in assault

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WILLOUGHBY - The Willoughby Police Department responded to the LakeWest Hospital emergency room for a report of a female assault victim April 24 at 4:38 p.m.

Officers learned from the 23-year-old, Willoughby woman, that she had been struck in the head several times with a baseball bat by a male she identified as Thomas Barker. The victim said she had gone to visit Barker’s mother at her home in the 1100 block of South Beachview Rd. The victim said Barker answered the door acting strange. The victim was invited inside the home by Barker. At some point Barker allegedly went upstairs and returned with a baseball bat. The victim said Barker began assaulting her without provocation.
The assault allegedly continued outside of the home until a good samaritan stopped and offered assistance to the victim. The good samaritan drove the victim to the hospital.
The victim was transported by Life Flight to MetroHealth Hospital for serious head injuries.
Officers went to the suspect’s South Beachview Rd. residence and took him into custody without incident. Officer’s discovered what they believe to be the baseball bat used in the assault, and the victim’s purse, charred in a backyard burn pit. A credit card belonging to the victim was located inside the house.
Barker, age 24, is facing charges of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 2 counts of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3).
Barker’s bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety. He has a preliminary hearing at the Willoughby Municipal Court set for May 3.

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