Ohio State Patrol searching for suspect in Summit County homicide

CLEVELAND - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking for the suspect in a murder at a Summit County rest area.

Paul D. Randall, Jr. (Photo: Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Troopers were called out to an I-77N rest area in Bath Township Friday at 11:17 p.m. They initially were responding to a fatal traffic crash involving a pedestrian. When the arrived at the rest area, witnesses told them that 2 men were involved in a verbal altercation. One of the men took the other's car. As he drove away, he knocked the man to the ground,  running him over.

The  victim was identified as Scott Reichard, 42, of North Olmsted. His Ford F-350 truck was later found abandoned in a downtown Cleveland parking lot.

The suspect is Paul D. Randall, Jr, 34, of Dolgeville, NY. He is 6'1" tall, weighs 245 pounds and  has brown hair and eyes as well as a dark beard. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans and a black or red shirt.

Lt. Darren Huggins with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said, “It’s just sad, it’s sad. I mean we as a society have to get better. Individuals have to get better and coping skills and dealing with incidents like this, violence isn’t the answer.”

Huggins also told Fox 8 the suspect and victim had no history and did not know each other.

Troopers think that if he is not still in the Cleveland area, he may be trying to escape to New  York.

They stress that Randall is considered dangerous and anyone seeing him should call 911 immediately and not try to approach  him.

"I would just like the family to know that the Ohio State Highway Patrol is doing everything possible to locate the suspect in this case.," said Huggins.