Police arrest assault suspect Tuesday

Kelly Byer

Akron Police arrested John H. Ragin Jr. on Tuesday evening for the assault of a Kent State graduate student and Iraq War veteran.

The 21-year-old Akron resident was arrested at the Best Western hotel on Gilchrist Road near I-76, according to police documents. The Kent City Police are charging Ragin with the felonious assault of John T. White, 28, of Delaware.

White was assaulted around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at 108 S. Water St. near the intersection of West Main Street. It is the second serious assault that has taken place in downtown Kent during the past three months.

White remains unresponsive in critical condition at Akron City Hospital, according to friends and family whom wish to remain unnamed. It is also asked that White receive no visitors or flowers to keep the room free from distractions.

-Kelly Byer