Fugitive Wanted for Blinding Waitress Arrested
NEWTON FALLS, Ohio — A man wanted for a brutal assault at a Cleveland bar that left a waitress permanently blinded has been captured, according to police.
Officials with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force tell Fox 8 News that early Tuesday morning U.S. Marshals, with the assistance of the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Marco Correa, 27.
Correa was taken into custody near the 100 block of Arhaven Drive in Newton Falls around 12:30 a.m. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Trumbull County Jail.
Correa was wanted on a warrant for four counts of felonious assault. According to Cleveland Police, Correa’s charges stem from an assault that took place at Charles’s Bar in Cleveland during the early morning hours of July 22nd.
Police allege that Correa and a group of friends refused to leave the bar at closing and began arguing with employees. An off-duty Cleveland police officer identified himself as law enforcement and told the group to leave. According to police, instead of leaving the group attacked the officer, breaking his jaw.
The group then started to assault everyone else in the bar leaving two individuals unconscious and permanently blinding a waitress Debbie Bryson in the assaults.
“I’ve had two major surgeries. The first was to repair the eye because they ruptured it with the force of the blow and they could not fix it. The second surgery was to remove the eye because it could not be repaired,” said Bryson, a nurse by trade, who was helping out at the family’s bar that night.
According to information provided by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, five people have been arrested for their role in the brawl.