Police: Grandmother fires shots at intruder during home invasion in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A grandmother fired gunshots at an intruder early Wednesday morning during a home invasion in Middletown.

Mabel Fletcher, 64, was alerted to the unwanted intruder at about 4 a.m. when her dog, Benji, heard someone breaking into her home in the 900 block of Kensington Street.

"He was my husband's dog. And since he passed away, he has been a protector for me," said Fletcher.

After awakening to the sound of her dog barking, Fletcher thought she saw a shadow. But what she actually saw was an intruder.

When she realized it was a person, Fletcher said she grabbed her handgun from a nightstand, jumped out of bed and found the suspect in a spare bedroom. She fired a shot when the suspect didn't listen to her command to stop.

"I told her to stop. She wouldn't stop, I shot," said Fletcher who has only had her gun permit for about two months.

The first shot missed the suspect, who proceeded to get up and throw an ironing board and various other objects at Fletcher. That's when Fletcher says she fired off two more shots, both of which missed the suspect. One went through a wall and another went through a shed at a home next door.

After the second round of shots were fired, the suspect fled the scene through the same window she had busted out when she was entering the home, Fletcher said.

The suspect in the case was apprehended at the Arlington Arms apartments at 710 Kensington Court after a resident called the police, according to investigators. The apartments are about two blocks from Fletcher's home.

Fletcher said she saw the suspect, who has been identified as 21-year-old Paige Stacy, in the back of a police car at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday. Middletown police said they found drugs, a needle and syringes on Stacy, who appeared "disoriented" at the time of the arrest.

Investigators believe Stacy attempted to break into another home in the area prior to the incident at Fletcher's residence.

The suspect is charged with aggravated burglary and drug offenses. She was taken to Middletown City Jail where she's being held without bond.

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