Maple Heights police arrest man accused of brutally attacking 88-year-old woman

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Police in Maple Heights have arrested a man accused of viciously attacking an 88-year-old woman earlier this month.

According to police, the woman was waiting for a bus near the intersection of Turney and Dunham Roads in Maple Heights on May 6 around 7:44 p.m. when a young man crossed the street and approached her.

Police say the two spoke for a couple of minutes and then, without warning, the man punched the 88-year-old in the face, knocking her unconscious. He then walked back across the street.

A passerby saw the victim on the ground and called 911.

Investigators said the victim suffered facial fractures, broken teeth and hearing loss.

Maple Heights police's investigation revealed that the suspect had been shopping at the Turney Dunham Plaza before the attack.  Surveillance cameras inside the plaza captured clear images of the suspect which were then shared on social media Wednesday.

Police reportedly placed a high priority on identifying the suspect because of his cruelty and callous disregard for the well-being of an innocent and helpless victim.

On Thursday, BCI provided Maple Heights Police Department with information regarding submitted DNA evidence.  This information provided a possible named suspect, who was then arrested.

The suspect will be identified once he is formally charged.

Maple Heights police thank everyone who assisted or provided information during this investigation.

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