MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Mayfield Heights are investigating a triple stabbing involving a military veteran.
Officers were called to an apartment at 1390 Goldengate Blvd. for a report of a person screaming just before 5 a.m. on Monday.
Mayfield Heights police said the suspect, Matthew Cepik of Mayfield Heights, broke into the house of his ex-girlfriend, where he stabbed her, her mother and a family friend. All three were taken to an area hospital, where the women are listed in stable condition and the man is in critical condition.
Alex Gulyayev lives downstairs and said he believes the suspect used his patio table to climb up to the second floor balcony.
"I was shaken up at first," he said. "I've lived here for seven years. I never expected anything like that to happen." He said he also heard something in the unit upstairs. "Really loud steps then a scream like someone screaming for their life."
The Solon Police Department said they were notified of the search at about 5:30 a.m. when the Mayfield Heights police picked up the signal from Cepik’s cellphone. Solon police found his car on Harper Road and started searching a nearby wooded area for the suspect with the help of Solon and Glenwillow K-9s.
Solon police said the suspect intentionally ran in front of westbound traffic on US 422 and was hit by a box truck, driven by a 30-year-old from Mayfield Heights. The freeway was closed for three hours.
According to police, Cepik was taken into custody and transported to Hillcrest Hospital in critical condition. Solon police said the suspect has military experience and served multiple tours of duty in Iraq.
Police said they are not releasing the victims' names.
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