Is being held on $1 million bond

AURORA — A man accused of fatally stabbing his father on Monday may have been trying to get mental health treatment for addiction.

Colton John Gavin, 20, of Aurora, was charged with stabbing, Thomas Gavin, 52, multiple times with a kitchen knife at a family friend’s home at 229 Greenview Drive in Aurora around 9 p.m. on Monday. According to court records, the Gavins lived together in a house on Prestige Woods Boulevard.

In a 911 call placed at 8:58 p.m., Greenview Drive homeowner Rose A. DeRoia can be heard telling a police dispatcher that the Gavins were at her home to try to get Colton Gavin into an addiction treatment facility. She told dispatchers Colton Gavin was having a “psychotic episode” and referred to him as “a patient.”

DeRoia lost her son, Tommy, to a drug overdose in 2016. In 2017, she gave a presentation to Aurora High School students about addiction. An article at the time in The Gambit, the Aurora High School online student publication, stated she worked in the addiction counseling and recovery field. She now works as a pharmacist, a neighbor said.

Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard said the attack was unprovoked. There were two witnesses at the home, Byard said, a friend of the suspect and DeRoia, whom he described as a family friend.

In another 911 call at 9 p.m., the suspect’s friend told police that Colton was “on top of his dad’s back trying to choke him.” The friend had fled to the backyard, where he called police.

Gavin is being held in the Portage County jail on a $1 million bond set Tuesday by Judge Mark Fankhauser. Prosecutors argued that Gavin would be a threat to the community due to the serious nature of the offense during a video arraignment held by in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna.

Gavin has no prior record in Portage County.

Andy Segedy, who lives a few doors down on Greenview Drive, said DeRoia has lived in the home for several decades.

He said the neighborhood is generally quiet and safe. DeRoia mostly kept to herself, he said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Nov. 29 in Judge Kevin Poland’s court.

Contact reporter Eileen McClory at or @Eileen_McClory.