PIQUA — An assault reported Monday morning resulted in a search warrant being served and a response from the Piqua-Sidney Tactical Response Team due to the suspect’s past run-ins with police and refusal to cooperate with the investigation.
At approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, Piqua police officers were dispatched to an apartment on the 1000 block of Park Avenue on a report of a neighbor breaking into the apartment and assaulting the male resident with nun chucks.
The victim of this assault and his girlfriend were engaged in an argument when the neighbor with the nun chucks reportedly broke through their door, according to a press release from the Piqua Police Department. The victim sustained head injuries but refused EMS transport to the hospital.
The alleged assailant — Lenvil C. Persinger, 43 — was known the Piqua Police Department “as a self-identified sovereign citizen who refuses to comply with our requests and orders based on these beliefs,” according to their press release.
As recently as October 2017, Persinger brandished a firearm to a police officer as she was attempting to investigate a loud music complaint at an apartment on the 1000 block of Park Avenue. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Persinger was found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor attempted menacing and is currently serving two years of probation in connection with the October 2017 incident.
After the incident Monday morning, Persinger reportedly refused to talk to the investigating officers regarding the allegation of the assault with nun chucks.
Based on an assessment of the risks present, the Piqua-Sidney Tactical Response Team was dispatched and a search warrant was obtained for Persinger’s apartment. At all times, the threat was contained to two involved apartments with slight risk to nearby exposures.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., after contact with negotiators and tactical operators from the response team, Persinger was taken into custody with no further injuries sustained by anyone involved.
He is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on the following charges: first-degree felony aggravated burglary, second-degree felonious assault, second-degree misdemeanor criminal damage, and second-degree misdemeanor obstructing official business.
“We appreciate the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods and motorists who were inconvenienced as we rendered the area safe for the duration of the incident, as well as the Sidney Police Department and Miami County Sheriff’s Office for their direct assistance to the peaceful resolution,” Chief of Police Bruce Jamison of the Piqua Police Department said in the press release.
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