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Homeowner holds two at gunpoint in driveway UPDATED Wednesday 4:45 p.m.
Updated on: 02.18.14

PEOGA -- Charges have been filed against three people involved in a gun-pointing incident outside a home in northern Brown County.

On Feb. 19, the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office charged 20-year-old Jacob C. Phillips of Brown County, 25-year-old John Jacob Miller of Freetown and 18-year-old Samantha D. Artis of Columbus with Class D felony receiving stolen property.

The three showed up at the home Phillips lives in at 4011 Locust Grove Drive sometime before 10:42 a.m. Feb. 18.

Phillips had sent his father text messages that Miller and Artis had kidnapped him, and they were bringing him to the Phillips’ home, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Upon arrival, Miller tried to open the overhead garage door. As Miller put gloves on, Phillips’ dad, John, exited the home carrying a gun.

John Phillips then ordered Miller and Artis to the ground. When they refused, John Phillips fired shots into the air, and they complied. He held them there until police arrived.

Jacob Phillips had not approached the home, according to the affidavit.

Police determined that Jacob Phillips, Miller and Artis had been together throughout the night stealing merchandise from multiple Walmart stores. Items found inside the vehicle supported statements the three gave.

Prosecutor Jim Oliver said he does not anticipate any other charges being filed.

Read more in the Feb. 26 Brown County Democrat.

ORIGINAL STORY:

PEOGA -- A Brown County man held two people at gunpoint in his driveway this morning in what was initially reported as a possible vehicle theft and/or kidnapping.

Sheriff Rick Followell, on the scene on Locust Grove Road, said the preliminary report was that the man's adult son contacted his father and said he was being held hostage and was pulling into the driveway. The man picked up a gun, met the subjects in the driveway and ordered them to the ground.

Police arrived 10 to 15 minutes after Brown County dispatch received the call. They were able to secure the gun without incident. At about 11:30 a.m., three people in handcuffs were being questioned outside the home.

This story will be updated.

Staff photo by Kevin Lilly

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