Bond set at $250,000 for man accused of beating 88-year-old woman

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The man accused of randomly attacking an 88-year-old female in Maple Heights appeared in Garfield Heights Municipal Court on Friday.

Ronald Jerome Thompson, 34, was arrested Thursday thanks to DNA evidence and tips from the public. He pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and his bond was set at $250,000.

When told he could not have contact with the victim, he replied, "I don't even know who that is."

Thompson was also arraigned on three counts of domestic violence in a separate case. He's accused of assaulting a woman and her two children. The judge set an additional bond of $25,000.

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 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.

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