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The Suburbanite
  • Attorney, wife found slain in Portage Lakes home

  • New Franklin Police are trying to determine whether the deaths of a prominent attorney and his wife are connected to the beating and stabbing of their 18-year-old daughter.

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  • Police are trying to determine whether the brutal March 23 stabbing of a high school senior is tied to the homicide of her parents.
    Prominent healthcare attorney Jeffrey E. Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret Schobert, 59, were found dead at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday in the master bedroom of their home at 4488 Rex Lake Dr. on Portage Lakes, said New Franklin Police Chief Daniel Davidson.
    “The young woman was involved in an incident in Akron that put her in the hospital, and we’re trying to determine if (the incidents) are related in any way,” he said. “We’re investigating this along with Akron police.”
    The rear of the couple’s home was under renovation and contractors had arrived at the house about 8 a.m. Tuesday, the chief said. That part of the large home is cordoned off.
    Shortly after 2 p.m., a worker went to use the bathroom and, walking down the hallway past the couple’s bedroom, he saw the Schoberts, Davidson said.
    Police determined both were slain, but the chief said they are not releasing the cause of death yet.
    The couple have one daughter in college in Columbus; another daughter is a senior at Hoban High School.
    The high school student, who is 18, was not at home when the couple was killed, the chief said, adding that she has been hospitalized.
    The girl was beaten and stabbed between 12:30 and 5:30 a.m. March 23 at a home in the 1400 block of Andrus Street in Akron by a man Akron police reports described as a “stranger.” She was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital.
    Akron police reports said she “suffered numerous injuries, including stab wounds and (a) skull fracture.”
    Police arrested Jamayne Ruiz, 24, of 1817 Gaylord Dr. in Akron at 3:53 p.m. March 26 on a felonious assault warrant stemming from the attack.
    Summit County court records show he remained in jail Wednesday, held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
    Police had no suspects in her parents’ deaths as of Wednesday.
    “The detectives are out interviewing people as we speak,” Davidson said about 8:30 a.m.
    He asked anyone with information about the homicides to call police at 330-882-3281.
    Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or lori.monsewicz@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @lmonsewiczREP