By EILEEN MCCLORY
A 19-year-old Findlay man was fatally stabbed with a folding pocket knife in the 700 block of College Street around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Findlay Police Department.
Tyler J. Wilson was found in the street with a stab wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later after being taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco EMS. According to police, the stabbing occurred outside of a residence at 725 College St. after an argument between four men, some of whom knew each other.
Police have identified all four men, one of whom was Wilson. The names of the other three were not released Thursday.
Police said the person who stabbed Wilson has been identified and is cooperating with police, though police have not yet made an arrest.
This is at least the sixth reported homicide in Hancock County since Nov. 1, 2017, said Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle.
Although the incident occurred within a couple of blocks of the campus, Findlay Police Lt. Robert Ring said Wilson was not a University of Findlay student.
Wilson’s autopsy had been scheduled for Thursday at the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
Hancock County Court of Common Pleas records show Wilson had been charged with armed robbery, a third-degree felony, in February. A plea hearing was set for Monday.
He also had pending misdemeanor charges in municipal court for petty theft, sale to underage persons and traffic violations. Municipal court records indicate Wilson last lived near College Street.
Ring said the prior criminal history did not appear to be a factor in Wilson’s death.
Ring confirmed that Wilson is the same person who went on “Good Morning America” in 2010, when he was in sixth grade, to speak out about bullying, though Ring said Wilson’s death had no relation to that incident.
Wilson’s mother, Kristy Wilson, said in 2010 that he was bullied by two other Glenwood Middle School students for being a cheerleader on the Flag City Youth Cheerleading Team.
One of the two other students, identified only as D’on, appeared on the TV show “Dr. Phil” and said the attack had nothing to do with Wilson being a cheerleader.
The two boys were charged with assault.The boy identified only as D’onlater pleaded guilty to assault, a misdemeanor, in connection to the incident, according to The Courier archives. The boy received probation through Hancock County Juvenile Court.
The second boy later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was also placed on probation.
Wilson claimed in 2013 that the same student bullied him again when he was a freshman in high school.
Anyone who may have witnessed the Wednesday’s fatal stabbing or has other information is encouraged to call the Findlay police at 419-424-7150, or Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.