August 22, 2014

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Lorain man suspect in hunters’ stabbing

BERLIN HEIGHTS – A Lorain man is accused of stabbing two hunters 13 times in the chest, back and head Friday morning in an Erie County field.

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Tyrone Cash, 22, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery and two counts of felonious assault.

He was being held at the Erie County Jail without bond.

Mitchell Bellamy, 28, of Berlin Heights, and Chad Rothgeb, 22, of Norwalk, were hunting for deer shortly before 9 a.m. in a clearing north of state Route 2 and west of state Route 61.

According to an Erie County sheriff`s report, Cash approached the men, brandished a knife, stabbed both and stole a shotgun.

Rothgeb`s fiancée, Jessica Szilagyi, said Rothgeb was taken by helicopter to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

One of his lungs collapsed and doctors pumped a quart of blood from the other, she said.

Bellamy`s great-uncle, Freddie Church, said Rothgeb was stabbed seven times in the chest and four times in the back but is in stable condition now.

Bellamy was stabbed twice in the head, he said, and was released from the hospital Friday after receiving stitches.

Rothgeb told his fiancée that he had asked Cash for proof he was allowed on the property.

That`s when Cash allegedly pulled out a hunting knife and stabbed the men, she said.

Szilagyi said Cash tried to wrestle a rifle away from the men, managed to get his finger on the trigger and fired a shot into the ground.

Then he pulled the gun away and tried to shoot Rothgeb and Bellamy but couldn`t because it was a single-shot gun, she said.

Cash fled and the bleeding men staggered to Church`s house, Church said.

“Mitch`s head was bleeding all over when he came crashing through my kitchen door. I thought he`d shot himself,” he said.

Cash was arrested by sheriff`s deputies in a nearby wooded area.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.