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Charge Man With Inducing Panic

Heath Michael Armstrong, 26, is currently free on bond after being arrested and charged with inducing panic following an incident that resulted in an open-country search and capture.

The police report states that officers were called to a residence at 306 S. Lincoln St. about 9:35 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 5, where there was a report of a man with a knife. The suspect, identified as Armstrong, fled the house before officers arrived.

The report states officers found footprints leading east toward the Archbold reservoirs. One officer continued to follow the tracks; the second searched from his patrol car.

At about 10 pm, two other police officers and Martin Schmidt, police chief, a Fulton County Sheriff Department deputy, and personnel from Archbold Rescue created a mile-square perimeter in the 21000 block of Co. Rds. C&D. Norfolk Southern railroad officials were contacted. NS train traffic was stopped while the search continued.

Two APD officers continued to follow the tracks through a field and two woods, pushing Armstrong back toward the west.

At about 11:45 pm, Armstrong was located and taken into custody in the Sauder Woodworking Sauder Street parking lot.

After being evaluated by Archbold Rescue, he was placed under arrest and taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

An arraignment for Armstrong was held the following morning, where he entered a plea of not guilty. Bond was posted for him that day.

A pre-trial hearing for Armstrong was set for Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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