Man held in Kent stabbings

By Diane Smith Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Marcus Barnes, 23, of 822 Silver Meadows Blvd., Kent, was charged with two counts of felonious assault, both aggravated second-degree felonies after turning himself in to Kent Police one hour after the stabbings, according to police.

Barnes was expected to be arraigned this morning at the Portage County Municipal Court in Kent. Results of the arraignment were not available at press time.

Police officials said Christopher Wawrin, 21, of 3741 Old Forge Road, Rootstown, and Christopher DeAngelis, 20, of 5280 Rootstown Road, Ravenna, were stabbed after an argument outside a house in the 900 block of West Main Street. Both were taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital by the Kent Fire Department.

Wawrin was immediately taken into surgery, according to police. He is in the hospital's intensive care unit, and his condition is listed as serious.

DeAngelis was treated in the emergency room for multiple stab wounds and was later released.

Lt. James Stein said the victims met Barnes at a party in the West Main Street house when the fight and stabbing occurred. He left the scene before police arrived, but turned himself in later.

"This isn't an everyday occurrence in the city of Kent," Stein said.

Captain Kenneth Hodar said there are no plans to increase police patrol in the area.

"Right now, we do not have the manpower to do more than we're doing right now," he said, adding that although the department recently hired new officers, some are still in training. "We can't be at every party watching over everybody. People have to take responsibility for themselves."

Stein said the case remains under investigation. Police were busy this morning working on several aspects related to the case, he added.

"We're just trying to complete the investigation the best we can," he said.

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