MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - The Major Crimes Unit of the Richland County Sheriff's Office has solved two June home invasions that occurred in the county just north of Mansfield. The incidents happened in the 1000 block of Herring Avenue and the 1200 block of state Route 39.
Just after midnight on June 4 at the Herring address, a male resident reported that a female suspect, later identified as Christina Leonard, knocked on the door and told the resident her boyfriend was beating her up. The resident allowed Leonard into his home to call her mother. Leonard asked the resident for a little money. When the resident opened his wallet, Leonard grabbed it and ran toward the door. The resident tried to get his wallet back and was struck in the head several times by Leonard. Leonard then yelled for the second suspect, who entered the residence and proceeded to punch and kick the resident. Then the suspects fled.
Leonard has been charged with robbery. The second suspect was identified and also involved in the SR 39 home invasion.
On June 26 just before 9 a.m., a 75-year-old female resident at the SR 39 address reported a home invasion. The victim told deputies she was watching television in her sun room when she heard knocking on her front door and decided not to open it. The victim then saw two men walking around her home and one peaking through the windows. She became scared and locked herself in a room and called 911.
When deputies responded, they found one of the suspects leaving the area. Travis Brantley was arrested and charged with burglary.
On the property, deputies found an open rear garage window and damaged screen. A John Deere riding mower was reported stolen from inside.
Around 1:30 p.m. the same day, deputies received a tip that the stolen mower was hidden behind a residence on Pat Lane. Deputies identified the mower as the one stolen and located the second suspect inside the residence.