An Ohio man has been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, and more after police found a 60-year-old woman “stuffed and folded into a small, black tote” in his home.
Dalontay Edmond-Geiger, 31, of Cleveland, allegedly stabbed and beat the woman, whose name is not being released. She is being treated for life-threatening injuries at MetroHealth Medical Center, WOIO reported.
A police report obtained by the outlet said that officers were called to the crime scene around 3:30 p.m. on May 2 after a woman called 911 from a nearby store to say a woman was tied up in the basement. Officers went to the home and Edmond-Geiger claimed he was a confidential informant, telling police they needed to leave because they were “making this place hot,” WKYC reported. After about 30 minutes, however, he let them search the basement. Police found an air mattress and nothing else.
Later that evening, police asked a woman in the area if she knew anything about the house. The woman, according to the police report, told officers that a woman had been brutally attacked in the home and that the suspect had actually shown her pictures of the attack, WOIO reported. The woman said that she, Geiger, and two other people had been stopped by vice officers two separate times a few days earlier. Geiger apparently believed that the woman he allegedly kidnapped had been a “snitch.”
Around midnight, police returned to the home. An officer in the living room reported that he heard moaning, and that every time he heard it, Edmond-Geiger allegedly turned up the volume of music on his phone.
Officers tracked the moaning to the front porch and questioned Edmond-Geiger repeatedly about the sound. Eventually, he admitted that there was someone stuffed inside the tote, the police report said. Police found the woman and were able to free her.
Edmond-Geiger reportedly tied the woman up and stuffed her in the tote. After his arrest, he allegedly told police that he had moved her body from room to room to avoid police finding her as they searched the home.
“I have seen a lot of truly terrible cases over the years, and this one is one of the most horrific I’ve seen,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a statement, according to WKYC. “Thankfully, law enforcement found her alive, and I am praying for her recovery.”
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Edmond-Geiger is currently being held on a $500,000 bond at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. His next court date is scheduled for May 18 at the Cleveland Municipal Court. He is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, and evidence tampering, WOIO reported.