GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Wednesday, police continue to look for a man accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s Goshen Township house around 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
“I would consider him armed and dangerous,” Goshen Police Chief Steve McDaniel said.
He said the victim saw and heard a man, estimated to be 18 to 25, standing at the front of her 7931 W. Garfield Road home. The man was wearing jeans, a plaid shirt and a gray stocking cap.
“The male walked around and proceeded to ring the doorbell and look in all the windows,” McDaniel said.
When she didn’t answer, the man grabbed a large stone from her rock garden and threw it through a window of her house. As that happened, the elderly woman grabbed her gun to keep herself safe.
McDaniel said the woman shot at the intruder as he entered her bedroom. The man then ran away.
Goshen police and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter to catch the suspect, but they could not find him.
“I think it saved her because who knows what the guy would have done,” McDaniel said.
Goshen Township Police and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office searched heavily wooded areas near the house, but did not find the suspect.
“When there is an elderly person involved, that kind of bothers me a little bit more,” McDaniel said.
A short time later, police were sent to a nearby house after the homeowners thought someone had broken in, but officers did not find anything.
However, both calls reflect a bigger issue in the area: More break-ins in rural parts of the county.
“I would say out of all incidents like this, 99.9 percent of all are related to drug activity,” McDaniel said.
Police are not sure if the suspect was actually shot. The elderly woman sustained minor injuries on her head from firing the handgun.