MANSFIELD — Tonya Stecher said she was being robbed and beaten when she screamed to her teenage son: “Don’t let them leave!”
The Mansfield woman said she invited a couple into her home Monday night, but the duo tried to steal one of her guns.
“I said, (to my son) ‘Shoot their tires or something!’ ” Stecher, 42, said. “I thought my son was just going to shoot their car, but something else happened.”
According to authorities, Fionn Matthews, 26, driving a black Grand Am, was shot in the back. Washington Township EMS transported the shooting victim to MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital. The Mansfield man was later sent to The Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, where he was discharged Tuesday.
No charges have been filed, nor arrests made in the incident, Sgt. Mike Viars said. The shooting victim also is under investigation, Viars said.
Charges will be reviewed by the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities said the case most likely will be forwarded to the grand jury.
Stecher said she’d only met the woman the day before.
“I invited her over to try on some of my clothes,” Stecher said. “I need to stop being so nice, because everyone just takes advantage of me and robs me.”
When the woman and Matthews arrived at Stecher’s 3246 Possum Run Road residence around 10 p.m. Monday, Stecher said she was nervous.
“I’d never seen him before in my life and I wasn’t going to let him in, but I did anyway,” she said. “I had to go to the restroom, and I told them to wait for me in the kitchen. They didn’t and I thought that was weird, but whatever.”
Instead, Stecher said the couple remained in her bedroom where her gun safe is located. When she returned to the room, Stecher said a gun was missing from the safe.
“I said, ‘You’re not leaving until I get my gun back,’ ” Stecher said Tuesday morning. “He said, ‘We didn’t take your gun. Check my car.’ But I don’t know how to check a car.”
As she chased them from her home into her gravel driveway, Stecher said the woman began to beat and pull her hair out. Stecher said she told her son to get another gun and shoot.
“My son is a good kid,” Stecher said tearfully. “He gets good grades. If I’d had the gun, I would have shot it instead.”
Richland County 9-1-1 received three phone calls that night from the involved parties. The first call was from Matthews before he was shot at 10:37 p.m. Matthews said five or six people had guns outside the house.
“These (expletive) kids got guns and shotguns and (expletive),” Matthews said, reportedly referring to the teens who were spending the night with Stecher’s son.
Toward the end of the call, Matthews began yelling he had been shot.
A second call from Stecher came in at 10:43 p.m. The dispatcher repeatedly asked, “Has anybody been shot?”
“No, but they beat the (expletive) out of me,” Stecher said.
The third call, from the woman reportedly with Matthews, came in at 10:44 p.m. The woman said, “I’ve got a pistol…. I need to get out of this car…. I’ve got an officer right here.”
The man (presumably Matthews) is heard in the background wailing about being shot.
Authorities stopped the Grand AM, approximately a half mile from Stecher’s home, just past Snow Trails Ski Resort. Matthews was conscious and speaking to medics as they assisted him.