Police: Brutal Boardman stabbing believed to be random attack

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A police report on a brutal Boardman stabbing Tuesday night details what police believe to be a random attack.

The suspect, 24-year-old Devin Nash, called 911 on Wednesday to turn himself in, saying he felt like he had to “do something crazy.” 

Listen: 911 call from Devin Nash

Nash is now charged with felonious assault and aggravated burglary for an attack on his neighbor inside of her Meadowbrook Avenue home. 

“I believe they were neighbors living on the same street, somewhat close proximity, but I do not believe that the victim knew the suspect,” according to Detective Sgt. Mike Sweeney.

Police searched a home along Avondale Avenue in Youngstown in connection with the stabbing. Investigators say Nash told officers he stayed there overnight. They did find more evidence, but would not release any more information.

According to police, the 35-year-old woman heard a knock at her door Tuesday night and when she answered, a man forced his way in and stabbed her several times.

“She answered the door, thinking it was one of her son’s friends. It was not. The male subject forced his way into the door and began cutting her with a knife — basically, an unprovoked attack,” said Sgt. Darrell Wagner. 

The woman’s son frantically called 911, telling a dispatcher that his mother was bleeding from her wrists and that there was “blood all over her head.” 

“Please, hurry up. Please, hurry up. I can’t lose my mom,” he said. 

As police and rescue crews were being sent to the scene, the dispatcher can be heard telling the young caller how to help his mother who was unconscious and badly bleeding.

“Listen to me. Get two towels, wrap them around her wrists and apply pressure. That will help you control the bleeding so she stops bleeding all over the floor. This will help her,” the dispatcher told the victim’s son

The woman was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she underwent surgery. Her injuries are considered serious but not life-threatening, according to police. 

According to a police report, Nash was identified as the suspect by other neighbors, who pointed to the house across the street.

Nash’s mother then told police that her other sons had informed her that Nash was knocking on random doors in the neighborhood, and when the woman from across the street answered her door, he stabbed her. She said she heard her son say he was “tired of her harassing him” but didn’t specify the issue, according to the report. 

She told police that Nash ran away after the incident and she didn’t know where he went. 

“It doesn’t appear to be a robbery attempt. At this point, there doesn’t really appear to be any motive,” Wagner said.

Nash was arrested last September after family members said he threw a lamp through a glass front door. They said he was upset about being asked to leave the home.

His case was dismissed a few weeks later.

Nash is now due back in court on Thursday on the new charges. 

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