XENIA — A man was taken into custody and then to the hospital for mental evaluation after climbing to the roof of a Xenia home and refusing to come down.
Xenia police officers were dispatched to the 1600 block Chinook Court around 2:30 p.m. on a call of a person acting erratically. The person was destroying property in a residence and eventually climbed out a second floor window and got onto the roof, police posted on Facebook. While on the roof he was seen damaging shingles and vents as police tried to get the man to give himself up.
After several hours, a cluster of officers who were standing on a shorter portion of the roof offered the man a lighter for a cigarette, according to WDTN. He began to edge toward police, and when he got within arm’s reach, the officers lunged at him and the man took off, ultimately jumping down from the roof and running from officers.
He was caught by police and taken to Greene Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation. He also suffered some superficial cuts, according to Sgt. Scott Beegle.
“It is a great day, he did not hurt himself today,” Beegle told WDTN. “We were just waiting him out, he was not in any grave danger or a harm to himself other than possibly falling off the roof. That’s why we never went after him while he was up that high on the roof. We actually had three negotiators on scene also from our crisis negotiations team. There were plenty of people here that knew how to deal with mental health patients,”“
No weapons were immediately found at the scene.
Beegle also told WDTN they “have had dealings with him over the past.”
He could face charges of inducing panic, but official charges will come from the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, according to police. His identity had not been released as of press time.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.