Monday, May 8, 2017

Winchester Man Arrested For Aggravated Robbery

On Saturday, May 6, 2017 at approximately 5:39 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a truck down into a creek on Delisle Fourmans Road, just west of the intersection of Jaysville St.-Johns Road in Greenville, Ohio. The 911 caller advised the driver from the crash was fleeing the scene on foot and running north through a field.

At 5:43 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Scot Meier (34) Greenville, Ohio advising he was attacked by a man with a shotgun while checking on his family’s property located at 5363 Delisle Fourmans Road which is near the area of the reported crash. Darke County deputies responded to scene along with Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue.

The investigation revealed Christopher Newman (31) Winchester, Indiana, made entry into a barn located at 5363 Delisle Fourmans Road. Mr. Meier stopped at the property with his 3 year old son because he noticed property sitting in front of the barn that wasn’t there before. When Mr. Meier got out to investigate, Mr. Newman exited the barn brandishing a 12 gauge shotgun and ordered Mr. Meier back into his truck at gun point. Mr. Newman got into Mr. Meier’s truck and took his cell phone and wallet. Mr. Newman then grabbed the three year old in the backseat and at that point, Mr. Meier wrestled the shotgun away from Mr. Newman. Mr. Newman exited the truck and Mr. Meier fled the scene with his son for help. Mr. Meier was treated at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue for injuries received during the struggle.

Mr. Newman also fled the scene by driving his truck through a large overhead barn door and traveling east on Delisle Fourmans Road. Newman crashed his truck into a creek a short distance away in the area of Delisle Fourmans Road and Jaysville-St. Johns Road. Mr. Newman then fled on foot after the crash and was located by deputies outside a residence at 3598 Jaysville-St. Johns Road. Mr. Newman was taken into custody and transported by Arcanum Rescue to Wayne Healthcare where he was evaluated for suspected drug intoxication.

At 5:29 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a residential fire at 7808 Darke Preble County Line Road Arcanum, Ohio. Darke County deputies, Arcanum Fire and Rescue, Pitsburg Fire Department and the Verona Fire Department responded to the scene.

The investigation revealed the residence appeared to have been ransacked and burglarized prior to the fire. The cause of the fire is suspicious and still under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. Items of property from 7808 Darke Preble Line Road were located and recovered from inside and outside of the barn at 5363 Delisle Fourmans Road as well as Mr. Newman’s pickup truck. Mr. Newman is a suspect in this investigation.

Mr. Newman is currently housed at the Darke County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery. This case will be presented to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for further review and additional charges are likely in the future.

These cases remains under investigation.

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