Stabbed hunters recovering after assault

BERLIN TWP. Four days after being stabbed repeatedly by a stranger, Chad Rothgeb remains in severe p
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Four days after being stabbed repeatedly by a stranger, Chad Rothgeb remains in severe pain and says it is unknown if he will fully recover.

Rothgeb, 22, of Norwalk and Mitchell Bellamy, 28, of Berlin Heights were deer hunting in field near Ohio 2 and Ohio 61 early Friday morning when they were attacked.

"I'm feeling a lot better than I was Friday," Rothgeb said Monday from his room at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. "It's pretty painful. It's hard to breathe, hard to eat."

Both of Rothgeb's lungs were punctured in the attack.

One of two chest tubes was removed Monday, Rothgeb said, adding he hopes to be discharged from the hospital this week.

Rothgeb, who was stabbed five times with a 4- to 5-inch-long knife, said the attack was unexpected.

The man deputies say is responsible for the attack is Tyrone Cash, 22, who was arraigned Monday morning in Erie County Court in Milan. His bond was set at $500,000.

He remains in Erie County Jail on numerous charges including two counts each of attempted murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

"(We) were sitting in the deer blind. I was facing south, and I heard a noise come up from the right of me, and I thought it was a deer," Rothgeb said.

Rothgeb said he and Bellamy questioned Cash's presence, telling him he was on private property.

"We asked what he was doing, and he said, "I'm from Lorain.'" Rothgeb said. "That's all he said."

Cash indicated to deputies he was walking to Toledo at the time of theincident, said Erie County Sheriff's Capt.Paul Sigsworth.

Cash "flipped out," Rothgeb said.

Rothgeb said he was unaware he had been stabbed until he saw the knife, adding the men fought over the shotgun, with the weapon being fired at one point.

Cash may have been trying to take the shotgun, Sigsworth said.

Bellamy sustained a stab wound to the head. He was treated and released Friday from Community Health Partners Hospital in Lorain.

Deputies recovered the shotgun, but the knife used in the stabbing still has not been found, Sigsworth said.

Alvin Wynn, 24, of Cleveland said the accusations against his cousin are out of character.

"He was 100 percent ... towards God," he said, adding Cash is a Christian and avid Bible reader. "It's just not him."

Wynn said he just saw his cousin at Thanksgiving, when he acted normal.

"It just bothers me that one person could take on two people with shotguns," he said. "He has no record. He has never done anything wrong in his life."

Wynn said his Cash has been working on writing a book.

"He has goals. He has ambition. He has drive," Wynn said. "He's not the kind of guy to go out and catch four or five felonies. He's not that type of person."

According to Erie and Lorain County sheriff's offices, Cash had no prior arrests on file. Cash is slated for a preliminary hearing in court Friday.