MILAN - Erie County sheriff's deputies are continuing their search for a male suspect who fled an Old Mudbrook Road home when the homeowner entered her driveway Monday afternoon. Authorities suspect a second, similar incident Wednesday about a mile away may be related.
Three deputies searched the area in the 13000 block of Old Mudbrook Road for about 30 minutes after the incident at 4:34 p.m. Monday. Deputies increased their patrols Tuesday.
"Usually it's pretty quiet out there," Capt. Paul Sigsworth said.
The woman saw the suspect hunched down near a wood pile near the back of her property and then flee into the woods, Sigsworth said. She couldn't identify the suspect's race, but said he was wearing a dark shirt and possibly jeans.
The door on the south side of the home, where the man had been, was open after the incident. "This door had been left unlocked by the complainant," Sigsworth said.
It appeared the suspect opened the door and was scared off by the homeowner's arrival, he said. Nothing was missing or disturbed inside the home.
About 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a woman in the 11000 block of Ohio 13 saw two male suspects standing near her garage and the side of her house who fled when they saw her. A neighbor who lives about three or four houses south reported seeing the two men run across Ohio 13 and get into a purple, late 1990s model Dodge Intrepid with a female suspect at the wheel, Sigsworth said.
Deputies found evidence of attempted entry, but the suspects didn't gain access to the home. Both men are white, but one has a darker complexion, he continued.
The home, on what also is known as Mudbrook Road, is north of the Ohio Turnpike and within a mile of the other woman's home.
"This could be related to the incident Monday," Sigsworth said. "Call us right away if you see anything suspicious."
Area residents are encouraged to keep their homes and vehicles locked. Anyone with information about either incident is encouraged to call the Erie County Sheriff's Office at (419) 625-7951.