UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m. July 19
The woman who allegedly threatened to harm law enforcement officers and refused to come out of a house on Ericson Avenue Monday is being held in the Montgomery County Jail.
Ashley Matthews, 27, is being held in the jail on suspicion of inducing panic, according to online jail records.
A three-hour standoff in Jefferson Twp. on Monday morning ended peacefully in the arrest of a 27-year-old woman who threatened officers on Ericson Avenue.
Montgomery County deputies were dispatched to the 4900 block of Ericson Avenue about 8:30 a.m. after receiving calls from a woman who reported scattered bodies in her neighbor’s yard.
The unidentified woman later called back and told dispatchers she was going to kill the deputies, said Chief Deputy Rob Streck with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s terrifying, because originally when we got the first call that there were bodies lying in the yard, their senses went off right away saying, ‘Well, there’s a good chance this is a fake call. Why are they telling us this?’ ” Streck said. “Meaning they were, right away, aware of a warning about snipers or being ambushed and things like that.”
The calls to police about the bodies followed deadly attacks on law enforcement in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, La., within the last two weeks. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office took the woman’s threats seriously and quickly called in SWAT.
The woman continued calling and told police she was no longer going to shoot at them, Streck said. She also said she was in a different location in Dayton.
“At this point, we believe she’s in a relationship with who currently owns the house,” Streck said. “He eventually showed up on the scene because of some police work done by the deputies, and he was able to provide us with more information, which at that point made us believe she was in the house.”
SWAT obtained consent from the homeowner and used a key to enter the residence just before noon. Deputies found the woman hiding under furniture in the garage.
No weapons were located, but law enforcement officers believe she was concealing contraband and they arrested her.
Law enforcement officials have not released her name.
Charges will be pending if contraband is found, Streck said.
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