Gilberto Villarreal, Jr., 27, Archbold, is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio after he allegedly broke into a Napoleon mobile home about noon, Monday, Nov. 12.
Napoleon police say Villarreal was armed with a shotgun when he entered the mobile home through a window and assaulted a woman, whom he may have kidnapped.
She was found with Villarreal.
During the event, Villarreal allegedly wrestled with the owner of the mobile home, and during that struggle, a shot was fired. No one was injured.
He was captured about midnight Monday night, after Paulding County deputies pulled his car over. He was taken into custody without incident.
Napoleon police said at about 12:07 pm, Monday, a man broke into the mobile home at 56 Sunnydale in the Valley Brook Estates mobile home park, Napoleon.
Once inside, he allegedly assaulted Natalie Rose Mc- Coy, 24, Defiance, who was inside the residence.
The homeowner attempted to intervene, and the two men struggled. It was at that point the shotgun discharged.
The intruder regained control of the weapon, and the homeowner escaped through the window.
Napoleon police officers, along with deputies from Henry and Wood counties and Wauseon police officers, responded to the scene.
A search of the mobile home was conducted. No one was found inside.
The first press release from the Napoleon Police Department stated, “Through investigation, the unknown male has been identified as Gilberto Villarreal, Jr.”
Napoleon police announced they were looking for a gold 2001 Chevrolet.
In a later press release, Napoleon police said, “After following a number of leads and additional tips, the Chevy Impala being sought in connection with this case was found in Paulding County.”
An official with the Paulding County Sheriff Department who asked not to be identified said the car Villarreal was driving was pulled over by Paulding County deputies near the intersection of County Road 424 and US 127 about midnight, Monday night.
Villarreal was taken into custody without incident on a Henry County warrant charging him with aggravated burglary.
McCoy was found in the vehicle with Villarreal. She may have been taken from the Napoleon residence against her will.
“Natalie is safe, and is now with relatives,” said Napoleon police officials, who are still investigating the incident.
No additional charges have been filed.
Court records available through the Fulton County website and back issues of the Archbold Buckeye show that Villarreal has had previous problems with the law.
He was convicted of a theft charge in 2008, and while first placed on community control, he was later found to be a community control violator and served time with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
He was convicted of theft in June 2011, and was sentenced to 10 months at the ODRC. His sentence was to be served consecutively with a sentence imposed in Defi- ance County.
McCoy had an Archbold address in 2011.
In August of that year, she was arrested at a residence in Colony Meadows as she was removing her property.
A routine check revealed McCoy was wanted on a warrant from Defiance County.
The nature of the warrant was not specified.–David Pugh