Created on Sunday, 23 September 2012 Written by SUE PITTS
Diligence on the part of Russells Point Police resulted in the ultimate arrest of Benjamin Dale Jackson, 41, address unknown, near the Point Village Apartments late Thursday night.
Officers received information Thursday afternoon from employees at the apartment complex that a tenant was having problems with an ex-boyfriend. During the investigation, the victim told police she earlier had provided Mr. Jackson with the keys to her vehicle as a means to get him to leave, but that he also had taken her phone in an apparent attempt to isolate her from friends or family. Once he left, she sought help.
Chief Joe Freyhof said his officers had arrested Mr. Jackson for domestic violence-related charges only a few weeks ago, giving them cause for concern for the welfare of the victim and her child.
“We put together a safety plan of sorts to keep the victim and her daughter safe. Then, officers began working with the victim to locate Mr. Jackson and remove him from the property.”
Once Mr. Jackson was contacted, he was told he needed only speak with police, to stop all contact with the victim and return the vehicle to police without incident.
Officials said Mr. Jackson refused to cooperate and continued to contact the victim and her daughter, leaving several voice mails on both phones. Mr. Jackson reportedly also abandoned the victim’s vehicle and tried to evade officers while trying to get back to the apartment complex.
Officers located the vehicle Elliott Road and found Mr. Jackson a short time later near the apartment complex. Despite his efforts to convince officers he was in Bellefontaine, he was arrested and lodged in the Logan County Jail on charges of telephone harassment, obstructing justice, trespassing and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.