From the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office:

06/21/2021 – Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced the arrest of a woman at the RoadDog Convenience Store in Willshire. Sheriff Riggenbach stated his Office received a phone call at 10:35 am today about a woman walking around with a gun. The caller advised the woman had been at the gas pumps for over an hour and acted as if she was trying to read credit card numbers from other customers. Sheriff Riggenbach also stated his Office received a second call about this woman, with the caller advising the woman pointed the gun in his back.

When deputies arrived they located the female walking around outside near the gas pumps, where her car was located. Deputies took the woman into custody without incident. Deputies conducted an investigation at the scene involving several witnesses. The woman was identified as Valerie R. Hardiek (22) of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She is charged with Felonious Assault, a Felony of the 2nd Degree and Aggravated Menacing, a Misdemeanor of the First Degree. Hardiek was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where she is being held pending an arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach said the incident remains under investigation.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.