Aunt: Apartment delay upset Ohio stabbing suspect

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The suspect in stabbings at an office building had recently moved in with his aunt and was frustrated that his plans to move into his own place were delayed because the apartment wasn't ready, said the aunt, who denied a report that she asked the man to move out.

John Mallett is accused of injuring four people in Columbus last week before being shot by police, and he was charged with four counts of felonious assault.

Mallett and three of the four people who were stabbed were hospitalized but are expected to survive.

Police said the attacks appeared random.

His father has said Mallett, 37, is schizophrenic and might have been stressed after his aunt told him to leave.

But Arletta McCrimmon told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/yKDs9K ) that she hadn't told Mallett to move out.

Mallett arrived in Columbus early this year after spending a decade in Nashville, Tenn., where relatives said he'd gone through the courts and the mental health system and was found sleeping on a bench.

"That's why he was here, to start over," McCrimmon, 58, told the newspaper.

McCrimmon described Mallett as "a humble young man" and said she didn't see any signs of violence from him before the attack. She noted that he ran out of his schizophrenia medication and had trouble getting a refill because he wouldn't go to a clinic.

She said she suspects Mallett headed downtown to search for help from a housing agency but became stressed amid the crowds of people out during the lunch hour.

McCrimmon said her family apologizes to the victims hurt in the stabbing but hopes that the public doesn't vilify people who have mental illnesses.

"When this type of thing happens, then we want to call them beasts," she said. "There are people out here that need help, and we're turning our backs on them like lepers."

Authorities said Mallett stabbed the men in a building that houses a college and other offices before running outside and being shot on the street by a police officer who had arrived seconds earlier. An officer coming from the other direction used a stun gun on Mallett at almost the same time, a Columbus police spokesman said.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com