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North Carolina woman told police her son admitted to stabbing the man



Published: Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 7:33 p.m.

Larry Heltzel, the father of Patrick Heltzel, filed a missing persons report Wednesday with the Warren Police Department, saying that Patrick, 20, had said he was “going to kill someone.”

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Larry Heltzel, the father of Patrick Heltzel, filed a missing persons report Wednesday with the Warren Police Department, saying that Patrick, 20, had said he was “going to kill someone.”

Two days later, after Warren Township police found the body of Milton A. Grumbling III, 71, dead in his Kincaid East home of stab wounds, they identifed Patrick as a suspect and talked to him by telephone.

Kincaid East is between North Leavitt and Templeton roads near Champion Township.

Patrick Heltzel, of 3230 Atlantic St. NE, was in Greensboro, N.C., with his mother and admitted to a detective he knew Grumbling and was at his house Wednesday. Patrick Heltzel told the detective he “would return to Ohio” and speak to detectives.

But “a short time later,” Heltzel’s mother called the detective back “crying and hysterical,” saying her son told her he had “stabbed a guy named Milton,” according to a Warren Township police officer’s affidavit.

Trumbull County authorities contacted police in Greensboro and asked that they apprehend Patrick Heltzel, which they did. Heltzel remained in Greensboro Monday awaiting extradition to Ohio.

Patrick Heltzel was charged Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court with murder.

Grumbling, a Packard Electric retiree, was an organist for area Masonic lodges and historian for the Warren Masonic Temple, according to his obituary.

The charge against Patrick Heltzel was accompanied by an affidavit filed by Lt. Don Bishop of the township police department, containing details of the missing persons report and conversations with Patrick Heltzel and his mother.

The affidavit said police first suspected Patrick Heltzel in the case because information in Grumbling’s cell phone indicated that he had spoken with Patrick Heltzel, Bishop said.

In his missing person’s report, Larry Heltzel told police Patrick Heltzel was using Larry Heltzel’s car without permission and Patrick had drug problems and mental issues in the past.

Patrick Heltzel pleaded guilty in November 2012 in Warren Municipal Court to misdemeanor drug abuse, possession or use of marijuana.

The affidavit says police found Grumbling dead Thursday in his home. His dentures were broken, his glasses were off, and a broken remote control was under his face.

He had been stabbed several times, including to his heart, and he had facial fractures, the affidavit said.


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