Stephen F. Spieldenner,

UPDATED – 3-10-20 – Stephen F. Spieldenner, 50, of Lima, was taken into custody in Fremont at approximately 6:15 p.m. Monday by deputies from the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office

(3-6-20) Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced deputies are investigating an Aggravated Burglary incident. Riggenbach said his Office received a call 7:18pm on Thursday March 5th, about a male subject who forced his way into a residence in Washington Township. The male subject, armed with a firearm, attacked a resident in the home. The resident was able to fight off the male subject, but not before the attacker fired the gun. The resident suffered minor injuries in the attack but did not suffer any gunshot wounds. The attacker fled the residence before deputies arrived.

A warrant has been issued for Stephen F. Spieldenner (50)  of Lima, Ohio, for Aggravated Burglary a Felony of the 1st Degree.

The Sheriff’s office is asking for anyone who knows the whereabouts of Spieldenner to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or by using the Submit a Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Office website at or by calling Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP. Individuals can remain anonymous when providing information.

Spieldenner is considered armed and dangerous. Individuals should not approach, try to stop or detain Spieldenner but instead contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency right away.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges could be filed. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Van Wert County Prosecutor’s Office, Delphos P.D. and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.