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Villarreal Has Court Hearing




Gilberto Villarreal

Gilberto Villarreal

Gilberto Villarreal, Jr., 27, Archbold was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Napoleon Municipal Court yesterday, Tuesday, at 11:45 am.

Villarreal is charged with aggravated burglary after he allegedly broke into a Napoleon mobile home about noon, Monday, Nov. 12, armed with a shotgun.

Allegedly, Villarreal began assaulting Natalie Rose McCoy, 24, Defiance, inside the home. He and the mobile home owner struggled and the gun went off. No one was injured.

He allegedly fled the scene, and McCoy could not be found. It was not known if she went with him voluntarily, or was kidnapped.

Villarreal was captured about 12 hours later in Paulding County. McCoy was with him.

He waived extradition back to Henry County, and was lodged at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

An initial appearance was held in municipal court, Tuesday, Nov. 13. Bond for Villarreal was set at $300,000 cash.

He is also charged with violating community control requirements on a sentence he received in Defiance County. Bond on that charge is $25,000, 10% allowed.

As of Friday afternoon, he was still being held at CCNO.

In a preliminary hearing, a judge is asked to decide if a crime was committed and “probable and reasonable” cause exists to hold the defendant, or have him appear in court at a later date.

In a felony case, the municipal court judge then moves the case to common pleas court for further action.

In legal terms, the action is referred to as being “bound over.”


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