Stolen gun leads to arrest

By Sam Wildow -

Travis A. Ward

Travis A. Ward

PIQUA — A resident on a 200 block of East Main Street was allegedly threatened with a loaded gun that belonged to him before the gun was then stolen from him on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11:26 p.m.

According to Piqua police reports, the resident knew the alleged robber, claiming that Travis A. Ward, 33, of Piqua took the gun. The resident stated that he keeps the gun out in the open for home protection and Ward had come to his house while it was sitting on a coffee table.

The resident claimed that Ward picked the gun up from the coffee table, chambered a round, and asked if the gun was real. The resident stated that Ward then pointed the gun at the him, said he was taking the gun, and threatened to kill the resident if the he called police.

The resident noted that the gun was stolen 10 to 15 minutes prior to calling 911 and he” did not initially call to report this due to being in fear for his life,” according to Piqua police reports.

Piqua police later located Ward outside of a residence on the 100 block of South Street on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1:16 a.m. An officer searched Ward and found a butane lighter and marijuana pipe on his person. The officer also tested the contents of the pipe, which came back positive for marijuana.

When questioned, Ward denied any knowledge of a gun and repeatedly denied taking the gun. According to Piqua police reports, it was later reported that the gun had been thrown in the river.

Ward was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery, fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and first-degree misdemeanor aggravated menacing in connection with this incident.

Ward is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $55,500 bond. A preliminary hearing is for Ward is set for Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Unrelated to this incident, Ward is also currently facing an assault charge that was filed against him on July 15.

All information is provided by Piqua police reports and Miami County public records.

The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting for more information.

To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.

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By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at 9937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at 9937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall