Aunt: Apartment Delay Upset Columbus Stabbing Suspect

Police guard the scene of a multiple stabbing on Gay St. in downtown Columbus.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU)
Police guard the scene of a multiple stabbing on Gay St. in downtown Columbus.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU)

An aunt of the suspect in stabbings at a downtown Columbus office building says the man had recently moved in with her and was frustrated because his plans to get an apartment of his own had been delayed.

John Mallett is accused of injuring four people in Columbus this week before being shot by police. He is charged with four counts of felonious assault. Police said the attacks appeared random.

His father had said the 37-year-old is schizophrenic and might have been stressed after his aunt told him to move out.

But Arletta McCrimmon tells The Columbus Dispatch she didn’t tell Mallett to move out. She also says she didn’t see any signs of violence foreshadowing an attack like the stabbings.

Mallett lived in Nashville, Tenn., before moving to Ohio.

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