Created on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 Written by JOEL E. MAST
Benjamin Lusby, 30, of 441 Plumvalley St., who used text messages to harass his estranged wife by threatening to kill himself, was arrested at Kenton Iron Works around 12:10 a.m. today by Hardin County Sheriff’s deputies and turned over to officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department at the county line.
The defendant was lodged in the Logan County Jail on charges of telecommunication harassment, inducing panic and domestic violence.
Around 11:25 p.m., Jennifer Lusby told police she had left their residence after a weekend argument. She told the police the suspect had written text messages claiming he was in a field bleeding to death after shooting himself.
Officers worked with a cellular company to track the suspect’s most recent location. The information pointed to Pleasant Township in Hardin County.
Deputies went to the suspect’s work place, located him and arrested him. No handgun was found in his possession.
Bellefontaine police learned the suspect had bruised his wife restraining her from leaving during the weekend dispute.