Daughter of slain New Franklin couple in custody after shots fired in her apartment

A Coventry Township woman, whose former boyfriend is accused of bludgeoning her parents, was arrested on drug trafficking charges Tuesday after a shooting inside her apartment.

Chelsea Schobert, 18, is being held in the Summit County Jail pending an initial court appearance.

Deputies said she was seen fleeing her apartment Monday night with an unknown man shortly after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. Deputies say they searched Schobert’s apartment on Redcrest Lane and recovered crack cocaine and a pistol.

Schobert was arrested Tuesday afternoon when she returned to the apartment. Her companion has not been identified.

Her former boyfriend, Shawn Eric Ford Jr., 19, of Akron, is jailed and awaiting trial in the beating deaths of Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert in April.

Ford is potentially facing a death sentence if convicted of aggravated murder, burglary and robbery charges.

Police have said that the Schoberts may have blocked Ford from visiting their daughter while she recovered in a hospital after being assaulted in late March.

It is unclear if Chelsea Schobert will testify in Ford’s trial, scheduled for April 2. A gag order bars attorneys in the case from speaking to the media.

In Monday’s shooting, Summit County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Newport Landings Apartments in Coventry Township about 5:15 p.m. after a resident told deputies of hearing an explosion.

Sheriff’s investigators found that a bullet had entered and exited a neighbor’s apartment. They said they also determined the shot came from Chelsea Schobert’s apartment on Redcrest Lane, which is also in Newport Landings.

A search of Schobert’s apartment, deputies said, uncovered crack cocaine and a 9 mm pistol.

Deputies said the Summit County Crime Scene Unit also learned that two shots were fired from Schobert’s apartment. One round was fired from a 9 mm pistol, the other from a 7.62-caliber assault rifle, deputies said.

On a Facebook page with her name on it, Chelsea Schobert makes several references to guns and to missing her slain parents.

A post from Jan. 31 reads, “What I really want for my birthday this year is a revolver.”

A post from Christmas Eve reads: “I don’t even wanna celebrate Christmas , it’s just not the same without them.. RIP MOM & DAD.”

Earlier in October, a post read: “Although my parents may not be here, they’ll always be with me inside my heart.. Once you love someone they stay in your heart forever.”

*click back button to return to news post list