Raziel Guerrero

MALINTA — A report of an assault and burglary early Wednesday morning led Henry County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase that ended in Holgate with the arrest of a Napoleon man and damage to a deputy’s cruiser.

According to Henry County Sheriff Michael Bodenbender, his office received a call of an assault and burglary in the Village of Malinta at 2:41 a.m. The suspects allegedly fled the scene on foot and, when the first deputy arrived, a neighbor identified a suspicious car on North Henry Street, which is where multiple suspects were last seen by witnesses. While the registration on the vehicle was being checked, a neighbor reported someone ran to the car, which was then observed traveling southbound.

A pursuit was initiated that continued from Malinta onto several county roads and state routes before entering the Village of Holgate. During the pursuit, the sheriff reported the suspect turned onto a dead-end street at one point and was blocked in by a deputy, after which the suspect put the vehicle into reverse and rammed into the deputy’s patrol car to turn around.

The pursuit lasted approximately 23 minutes before the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot, and he was caught on North Brayer Street near Ann Street in the village. Bodenbender reported the suspect resisted arrest and a Taser was deployed, after which he continued to resist for a brief period before being secured in handcuffs.

The suspect was identified as Raziel Guerrero, 26, of rural Napoleon. He was charged with felonious assault, a first-degree felony, and was transported to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. Additional felony charges are expected to be filed.

Guerrero appeared by video in Napoleon Municipal Court Wednesday morning for an initial appearance on the felonious assault charge. He requested court-appointed counsel, and the court determined he qualified.

A $500,000 appearance bond was set under the condition Guerrero would check in with the court’s bailiff once a week.

A full preliminary hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. May 23.

Assisting in the pursuit was the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office.


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