A Medina man accused of stealing mail from more than 40 homes Tuesday could be facing charges from two law enforcement agencies in Medina County.
According to the county sheriff, Matthew W. Evans, 27, was seen parked in a field sorting through several pieces of mail. The ones he had no interest in were tossed out his window.
A nearby resident approached a blue Ford Escape, which sped off, the sheriff’s report said.
Sheriff Chief Deputy Ken Baca said after a high-speed chase between the Ford Escape and the resident — speeds approached 70 mph before the latter said he backed off — the SUV crashed into a guardrail at the corner of Seville and Westfield roads in Westfield Township and the driver was taken to Cleveland Clinic Lodi Community Hospital.
Evans reportedly punched a nurse in the stomach and was charged with felonious assault, Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough said. Keough said Evans resisted officers escorting him out of the hospital and was charged with resisting arrest and taken to Medina County Jail. Keough said Evans was highly intoxicated.
He bonded out of jail on the charges from Lodi. The sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and Baca said Evans could face charges of theft and receiving stolen property.
Even though Evans, of the 6500 block of Clubview Drive, Medina, is accused of stealing mail, there likely won’t be any federal charges, Keough said.
Deputies found mail, several open packages, clothing, shoes, ink cartridges and a gift card inside the Escape.
The sheriff’s office said items were taken from dozens of houses on Westfield, Seville, Ryan and Buffham roads, as well as Towpath Trail, High Street and West Maple Street, and one from Clarkville, Tennessee.
All the mail is expected to be returned to its rightful owners, Baca said.
One resident said he has video of Evans going from mail box to mail box, taking mail.
Anyone who had mail taken from their mailboxes on those streets is asked to contact the sheriff’s detective bureau at (330) 725-9116.