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Man Holds Suspect at Gunpoint for Police
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- The sound of a car alarm blaring roused Ryan Schmidt from his sleep early Sunday morning.
When he went outside he found a man walking through his yard and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
"I was standing on the porch on the front step looking eastbound up the street and that's when the subject appeared on the far side of the swing set here," Schmidt said.
Schmidt said he was concerned when he heard the car alarm because there have been some break-ins in his neighborhood. Recently, someone broke into his car. Nothing was taken but the vehicle was vandalized. He used what he'd learned during his nine years of working as a deputy jailer in Campbell County to hold Schmidt until police arrived.
"I gave him multiple orders and commands to expose his hands and then to lie down face down on the ground with his palms up," Schmidt said.
Schmidt ordered Fogle to crawl through the grass to him so he could use the front of his house to shield himself from anyone else who might be in the yard.
"I do not know why he was here. He told me he was looking for his dog. But at 4 in the morning dressed in all black, I don't really think so," Schmidt said.
It's not clear whose car alarm was going off yesterday morning. But a Bellevue police detective said Monday that James Fogle was carrying three cell phones and an iPod that was stolen from a car last April when he was arrested.
olice found the owner of the iPod and plan to return it to him Tuesday.
Now police are looking at whether Fogle broke into other cars. Schmidt said he was glad he could help at least one person.
"There's a lot of people in this world that work very hard for what they have and for somebody to just come along and steal it is very unfair," Schmidt said.
James Fogle remains in the Campbell Co. Detention Center. He's being held on charges of criminal trespassing, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.
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