Second man charged in Bellville home invasion

Oswalt indicted by Richland grand jury

By Zach Jones -

Michael Oswalt

Michael Oswalt

A second suspect has been indicted by a Richland County grand jury in connection with a Bellville home invasion that took place last April.

Michael Oswalt, 32 of Mansfield, now faces the same string of charges his alleged accomplice Christopher Lewis of Butler was charged with in June.

Owswalt and Lewis each face: one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; one count of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; 14 counts of grand theft, a third-degree felony; two counts of theft, a fifth-degree felony and possession of drug instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.

The burglary, robbery and kidnapping charges each carry firearm specifications that bring a mandatory three year prison sentence for the two if convicted.

The duo is accused of stealing more than a dozen guns, including a Baretta 12-gauge shotgun and a German Mauser, two televisions and ammunition from a residence in the 1400 block of Rinehart Road on April 29. He is also accused of assaulting the resident at the home.

Richland County Sheriff’s Detectives with the assistance of the Richland County Division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force searched the residence where Lewis was arrested and found drug abuse instruments along with the stolen guns.

After the April 29 incident, the victim said he didn’t get a good look at the two men although they seemed fairly young. It was 5:15 a.m. and dark outside when the accused came to his house, assaulted him, bound him and robbed him of several firearms, ammunition and two TVs.

Lewis’ jury trial is scheduled to commence on Oct. 15, while Oswalt’s trial is set for Nov. 16.

Michael Oswalt Oswalt
Oswalt indicted by Richland grand jury

By Zach Jones

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