UPDATED: CCSO: Suspect in attack apprehended; victim’s family says he has long road ahead

By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



WILMINGTON — A suspect in a July 25 assault in Cuba in Clinton County was arrested Wednesday night at a residence on Garrison-Spurling Road in Clermont County, according to Clinton County Sheriff”s Office Col. Brian Prickett.

The CCSO said the camouflage-painted pickup truck of suspect Lee Edward Debord, 49,was located by detectives at a house on Wisby Road in Clinton County.

Further investigation led them to Clermont County, where Debord was hiding in a bedroom, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Debord was arrested on a felonious assault charge with assistance from Clermont County deputies.

He is being held at the Clinton County Jail on $100,000 bond.

According to the CCSO, on July 25, at approximately 12:40 p.m., the victim, Roger Tucker, 30, was severely injured at his residence by his roommate, Debord.

‘Long recovery’

Tucker’s cousin, Savannah Mccrobie, told the News Journal Thursday that Tucker’s condition is improving, but he has a long road ahead of him.

“He’s stable and working on his long recovery,” she said. “He still has some surgeries to go through for his neck and to get skin grafts put on his arms. He has to go through physical therapy for his arm to see if he will ever be able to use it again.

“But overall, he’s alive and Lee is behind bars,” she said. “And that’s what we really care about.”

Debord’s past

As the News Journal reported July 27, according to the Clinton County Clerk of Courts website, in 2010 Debord pled guilty to felony attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and he was sentenced to two years of community control.

Community control was revoked in 2011 and he was sentenced to 12 months in prison with credit for 145 days served.

Debord pled guilty to domestic violence in Clinton County Municipal Court in 2007, according to that court’s website, and he pled guilty to criminal damaging in 2016 (with an assault charge dismissed).

Debord has a pending recent charge of trespassing.


By Tom Barr