By Stacy Kess
and by Dustin Ensinger
Delaware City Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the Saturday stabbing at an Ohio Wesleyan University fraternity.
Nicholas Corey Lee Eber, 23, of Delaware, was charged with attempted murder and felonious assault for stabbing OWU senior Anthony Peddle at the Chi Phi Fraternity house.
Delaware Police officers were dispatched to the fraternity, 216 N. Franklin St., at about 3:36 a.m. on a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived, they found Peddle with stab wounds in the chest and hand.
Peddle was flown to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He was released Monday.
Capt. Adam Moore said in a press release that Eber’s arrest was made based on witness statements and physical evidence. A search warrant listed a green sweatshirt, medical scrubs, knives and blood evidence as items police hoped to recover. The warrant stated that Eber was found to have a wound to his left forearm consistent with a possible knife wound.
According to the search warrant, Eber told police in a voluntary interview that he had a previous relationship with Peddle’s roommate. After the relationship dissolved, Eber blamed Peddle for “the inability to reconcile (Eber and the roommate’s) relationship.” A witness told police Eber was publicly blamed for ending the relationship with Peddle’s roommate and that Eber “was the victim of a social media reputation assault.”
The warrant also stated that Eber, Peddle and Peddle’s roommate all admitted to texting, emailing and calling each other repeatedly in the days prior to the incident.
Peddle, the senior class president, is scheduled to speak at OWU’s May 11 commencement. According to the university’s website, Peddle is a early childhood education major from Detroit, Mich.
OWU President Rock Jones wrote a correspondence to students over the weekend and said such an incident is rare at the university.
“The health and safety of our students is of vital importance,” he said. “OWU Public Safety officers continue to patrol campus 24/7 and to encourage everyone to share issues and concerns whenever they arise.”
Jones said counselors and the Chaplain’s Officer were made available to students for support, and that he wanted to thank the Delaware Police Department.
“It is during such times that OWU shows the true quality of its character and the depth and breadth of the care and support we have for one another,” he wrote. “(Incidents like this) make us especially thankful for each other and the supportive Delaware community. We will continue to remain in close contact with Anthony and his family to help with whatever needs arise.”
Eber was recently in Delaware Municipal Court for unrelated traffic charges. He is currently being held at the Delaware County Jail pending arraignment for the charges surrounding the stabbing.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @densingerDG. Stacy Kess can be reached at 740-314-0903 or on Twitter @StacyMKess.