PCSO searching for stabbing suspect

NEW HOPE — The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a stabbing that occurred this morning in the 4300 block of Cemetery Road, west of Eaton.

At approximately 8:45 A.M., Preble County dispatch received a report of a male subject who was at the corner of US 35 and Cemetery Road, suffering from a stab wound. Deputies arrived on scene and determined that the victim had been involved in an altercation at his residence, located just down the road on Cemetery Road. The victim’s cell phone had been stolen by the suspect, which prompted thevictim to walk to US 35 to flag down help.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a male suspect arrived at the victim’s residence and knocked on the door. When the victim answered, the suspect forced his way into the residence. A struggle ensued where the suspect stabbed the victim. The suspect tied the victim up and fled the residence in the victim’s car. The suspect stole (3) handguns as well.

Investigators believe that the suspect in this case is William “Bill” McClellan of Eaton. McClellan escaped custody Thursday evening after being arrested by Eaton PD on outstanding felony warrants.

The victim is a 63 year old male. He was transported by Eaton EMS to Preble ER, and then airlifted to Kettering Hospital by MedFlight with serious injuries.

McClellan is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who comes in contact with him should contact9-1-1 immediately.

R-H Staff