Greenville Police Beat – Arcanum man calls EMS for help then assaults officers

On Feb. 3 an officer responded to Wayne Healthcare in reference to assisting Arcanum Rescue Squad with a disorderly subject identified as John Allen. Upon arrival, the Greenville officer heard Allen cursing and being disorderly. Allen smelled  strongly of alcohol, had trouble walking, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. An Arcanum Rescue Squad member reported to the Greenville officer that Allen had called the squad to pick him up because he voluntarily wanted go to the hospital for help. While speaking with the Arcanum squad, the Greenville officer observed Allen being verbally combative with nurses and not cooperating with hospital staff. The officer reminded Allen he came in willingly so if he could get a ride (since he appeared highly intoxicated) to pick him up, he could leave. Allen said he would call his wife but then said he wouldn’t help officers. A phone number was found for his wife but while officers were waiting to call her, Allen decided to start smoking a vapor electronic cigarette. He was advised he could not do that in the emergency room and would have to leave if he continued to smoke. The Greenville officer went into Allen’s room and located the vapor electronic cigarette in his hand. He was asked to hand over the cigarette while being treated or put it away. When the officer went to reach for it, Allen shoved the officer with his left arm/shoulder. The officer told him, “don’t do that,” and reached for the electronic cigarette again. Allen shoved back so the officer pushed him back onto the bed with his right hand. From there Allen proceeded to kick the officer in the chest with his foot/leg. Allen attempted to get back up, but the officer did not allow him to get off the bed, pinning him down. While Allen was pinned, he slapped the officer’s head. Allen was then handcuffed to the bed. Allen was placed under arrest for assault. Hospital staff used restraints to strap his left arm to the bed. When the officer attempted to adjust the restraint Allen kicked the him again in the chest. The restraints were eventually secured and another officer arrived. Allen continued to become belligerent and hostile towards hospital staff. He kicked the officer in the chest for a third time, breaking the officer’s sunglasses. Allen was treated by hospital staff until his alcohol level was below 0.30, then he was transported to Darke County Jail on assault on a peace officer, criminal damaging, and disorderly conduct charges. The defendant became extremely combative with correction officers at the jail. After the defendant was put in a holding cell he hit his head on the concrete and was transported back to the hospital so he could be medically cleared. At the hospital, he received staples in his head. The defendant was transported back to the Darke County Jail, where he was incarcerated with no bond. A copy of the report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for charges.

On Feb. 6 a Greenville City Schools Resource Officer was at the Greenville K-8 building, when he received a call from the high school asking if he could return to assist with a student. The officer learned a 17-year-old female was upset and was in a teacher’s room. Upon arrival the officer found the two assistant principals and the teacher in the room with the upset student. The student had a pencil in her right hand and marks on her left forearm from where she started to scratch herself, using the pencil. The officer took the pencil away from the student at that time. The officer also learned the student had been pushing a fork against her own throat but the fork had already been taken away from her. The officer escorted the student to his office after she refused to talk to him in the classroom. The student said she was upset because she had to eat lunch in the classroom and not in the cafeteria. She said she was upset when the teacher would not let her have her books so she shoved the teacher to try to get her out of the way. The student said she shoved the teacher twice. The student also admitted to picking up some books and throwing them at the teacher. In her written statement, the teacher said the juvenile female was upset about the lunch arrangements and after a couple of minutes in her classroom, the juvenile started throwing books at her. When the teacher was in the student’s area, she shoved the teacher twice. The student also flipped over a desk. At this point, other students who were in the classroom were removed. The juvenile defendant started grabbing books off the shelf and throwing them at the teacher, who got hit on the leg. She was also struck in the face, but was able to get her hands up to block some of the books. The student then grabbed a fork and held it to her neck. The student was charged with assault and since the victim was a school teacher, the incident happened on school property and the teacher was acting in her duties as a teacher, the assault is a fifth-degree felony. The police report was to be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for charges. The student’s probation officer was contacted and responded to the school. The student’s father also was contacted and stated he could not pick her up from school and she was to ride the bus home.


On Feb. 3 an officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of East Fifth and Grant streets for reckless operation and a stop sign violation. A pursuit ensued, when the officer witnessed the vehicle travel at a high rate of speed through several city streets, running stop signs and red lights. The officer activated the cruiser’s overheard lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to stop, again accelerated at a high rate of speed and ran several more stop signs. As the vehicle was approaching Broadway, the officer recorded speeds reaching approximately 81 mph. The vehicle drove through a red light at Broadway and Water Street and as he approached Vine Street he failed to maintain control while going through the intersection. The suspect went over the curb and struck a parked vehicle. The officer saw a black male run westbound from the passenger side of the vehicle between two apartment buildings. The officer then witnessed the suspect, Carl Crumble, run from the driver’s position and head eastbound through a back yard. The officer pursued Crumble in a short foot chase, jumping over three backyard fences. The officer advised Crumble to stop running or he would be Tased. Crumble did not comply with the officer’s orders. The officer was able to catch Crumble who continued to actively resist the officer and keep running. The officer eventually was able to wrap his arms around Crumble and throw him to the ground.  The officer notified dispatch and another officer was sent to the scene. Crumble continued to resist the officer’s orders and attempted to get back up on his feet. The officer pulled his Taser back out and advised Crumble to lay back on the ground or he would be Tased. After being restrained, Crumble agreed to talk with an officer. When asked why he was running, Crumble told the officer he did not know the officer was trying to stop him. Crumble also said there was not another person in the vehicle. The officer could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Crumble also had bloodshot eyes. Crumble was transferred to a police cruiser. A K-9 was called to the scene to attempt to locate the person who ran from the vehicle. The scent was tracked but officers were unable to locate the suspect. Crumble was transported to the Darke County Jail, where he failed a field sobriety test. Crumble also was offered the breath test, which he refused. He was incarcerated at the Darke County Jail with no bond.

Attempted Theft

On Jan. 25 an officer was dispatched to Walmart on the report of a theft. The officer spoke with the loss prevention officer, who said an unknown female had pushed out a shopping cart full of products. The unknown female passed all points of sale without attempting to pay for the merchandise. The loss prevention officer said he stopped the female outside the store and he was able to recover all merchandise undamaged in the cart. Items the suspect attempted to take without paying for included laundry detergent, soft drinks, paper towels, toilet paper and  several miscellaneous items. The female left the area running northbound through the parking lot towards Shell gas station and Dollar Tree on Wagner Avenue. The officer was unable to locate the suspect. After reviewing video it was later learned the suspect was dropped off in front of the store by another subject driving a red four-door vehicle. The officer was unable to observe registration, make, or model of the vehicle. The suspect is a white female, average built, with short reddish brown hair. She was wearing jeans, a gray coat, white sock hat, and a striped scarf. A DVD of the incident was placed into property at the Greenville Police Department. A photograph of the suspect was placed in the briefing log. Police have no suspects at this time.

Wanted Person

On Feb. 8 an officer was dispatched to a vehicle in the Walmart parking on the report of a domestic situation.

Upon arrival Stephanie Sparks and a male were arguing inside the vehicle. They told officers they had only been arguing and there was no indication that it had been physical. While running their names through LEADS, it was found Sparks had a warrant from Preble County Common Pleas Court for failing to appear for sentencing. She was arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail, where she was incarcerated with no bond.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

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