Van Wert Sheriff

(2-8-19) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced today the arrest of Jason J. Allen (45 ) of Middle Point from an incident that took place on February 7, 2019. Sheriff Riggenbach stated at 10:03pm on February 7th, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a woman at a business in Ridge Township stating Allen who was intoxicated  had pulled a knife and was threatening another male.

When deputies arrived at 10:10pm, they observed Allen walking to a vehicle at the business. A female in the parking lot advised the deputies that  Allen pulled a knife. The female also told deputies Allen purposely crashed a car into her car. Deputies attempted to contact Allen subject but he got into a vehicle and left the scene. Deputies then pursued Allen and drove about 1.5 miles before pulling over.

When Allen pulled the vehicle over, he immediately got out of the car and started coming back toward the deputies. Deputies immediately gave instructions to Allen to stay where he was and lay down on the ground. Allen did not obey the instructions of the deputies and continued to come at them. After repeated instructions by deputies were not followed by Allen, a deputy deployed a Taser on her. The Taser was not effective and Allen continued to come at deputies. Allen advanced on one of the deputies faster than the deputy could maintain a safe space between them. The deputy the struck Allen in the face with the Taser unit. This allowed the deputy to grab Allen and take him to the ground.

Allen continued to fight with deputies on the ground. A short time after deputies got Allen on the ground additional deputies arrived on scene and found Allen still fighting with deputies to keep from being handcuffed. Deputies instructed Allen to quit fighting with them and to put his hands behind his back. The additional deputies were able to get Allen’s hands behind his back and place handcuffs on him. Due to Allen fighting, three deputies were injured to varying degrees and were treated at Van Wert Health before being released.

During the investigation deputies learned prior to their arrival, Allen had pulled a knife on 2 patrons of the local business, saying he would cut them and would kill them. The patrons left the business, only for Allen to follow them in a car and purposely crash into the car the patrons were driving.

Allen was arrested and charged with:

– 2 Counts Aggravated Menacing a Felony of the 5th degree
– Obstructing Official Business a Felony of the 5th degree
– Resisting Arrest a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree
– Failure to Comply with a Lawful Order a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree
– OVI a misdemeanor of the 1st degree

Allen was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he is being held until his arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach said the investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed.

Sheriff Riggenbach stated

“This was a very dangerous situation and I am thankful the outcome wasn’t any worse for everyone involved. Our deputies work hard every day, to protect the people of Van Wert County and to go home when their shift is complete.”

The Ohio State Patrol and Middle Point Fire and EMS assisted at the scene