PIQUA — A male suspect reportedly ran from Piqua police officers after a warrant was served on a residence on Boone Street on Tuesday evening. The suspect — Jesse J. Alexander, 22, of Piqua — had a warrant for his arrest, according to Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison.
“We had information he was in a house on Boone Street,” Jamison said, adding that officers also had information that the suspect “might be armed.”
Given the possibility of facing an armed suspect, the officers took extra precautions. Approximately four or five officers were there to serve the warrant and the officers had their weapons drawn when Alexander allegedly fled from police.
Alexander reportedly made it into a car before leaving the car behind in an alley behind the 700 block of Park Avenue. Piqua police then caught Alexander in a back yard on Park Avenue.
Alexander was taken into custody at approximately 7:40 p.m. Tuesday and is currently being held at the Miami County Jail. Alexander is facing charges of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property and first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property.
On Wednesday, Alexander was arraigned and charged with multiple offenses in connection with this incident of running from the police, including first-degree misdemeanor failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, second-degree misdemeanor criminal damaging or endangering, and fourth-degree misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
In other news:
A Piqua man was involved in a disturbance and allegedly assaulted two women on Sunday on the 1000 block of Park Avenue. After being charged, the suspect reportedly assaulted a corrections officer at the jail.
Blake E. Nickel, 24, of Piqua, was charged with fourth-degree felony assault, first-degree misdemeanor assault, and second-degree misdemeanor assault in connection with this series of incidents. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Nickel is accused of causing physical harm to one woman “by punching her several times with his fist” and attempting to cause harm to another woman by “swinging at her and trying to hit her.” Nickel is also accused of spitting on a police officer and punching a corrections officer.
There reportedly were nine to 10 people involved in the reported disturbance. According to court records, there were multiple calls in reference to the incident and about weapons possibly being involved or displayed. Nickel denied assaulting the woman, but there were reportedly several witnesses who saw him assault her.
Nickel was arraigned on Monday. He is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $25,000 cash or surety bond.
Nickel is also facing charges of first-degree misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia from an incident reported on Feb. 25. According to court records, a complainant reported Nickel as acting disorderly at a residence on the 1000 block of Park Avenue. When Nickel was detained, a large knife and drug paraphernalia were reportedly found in his pocket.
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