Posted on June 5, 2024

3-Year-Old Dies After Stabbing Outside North Olmsted Giant Eagle

Julia Bingel et al., WOIO, June 4, 2024

The 3-year-old boy who was stabbed at the Giant Eagle Monday afternoon has died from his injuries, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. He was identified as Julian Wood.

Julian Wood

Julian Wood

The stabbing happened just after 3 p.m. in the grocery store parking lot on Lorain Road in North Olmsted.

The child’s mother, Margot Wood, 38, of North Olmsted, was also stabbed.


Margot was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and police said she is expected to physically recover.

Captain Eric Morgan said other officers located the suspect walking towards Dover Center Road, still carrying the kitchen knife used in the attack.

North Olmsted police said Bionca Ellis, 32, of Cleveland, was taken into custody without resistance and transported to the North Olmsted Jail.

Bionca Ellis

Bionca Ellis

Ellis is charged with aggravated murder {snip}


Det. Sgt. Matthew Beck said the motive of this attack remains under investigation. “This was entirely a random act of violence,” he said Tuesday in a press conference.

Det. Sgt. Beck said before the attack, Ellis obtained a kitchen knife from the Volunteers of America Thrift Store.

Then, she walked to the Giant Eagle and spotted Margot and Julian Wood inside the store before following them outside.

Ellis and the victims had no prior interactions, said Det. Sgt. Beck. There was no altercation inside the store.

According to Det. Sgt. Beck, Ellis was arrested May 30 after officers investigating an incident at Walmart discovered she was wanted for a probation violation.

She was held and released.

Then Monday before the stabbing, Ellis visited the North Olmsted Police Department to discuss her arrest, police said.

According to court records, she was charged in 2023 with stealing from the Walmart in North Olmsted and convicted of reduced charge of unauthorized use of property.

Police added Ellis has no “known violent criminal history.”