SIDNEY — A Sidney man was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly threatening people with a chainsaw.
According to a press release from Shelby County Sheriff John R. Lenhart, Phillip Allen Leonard, 40, of 5927 State Route 29 East, Sidney, has been charged with aggravating menacing, assault, inducing panic and obstructing official business. He was arrested after a standoff with deputies.
Deputies were dispatched to 5927 State Route 29 East shortly after 3 a.m. after receiving a report of a man chasing people around with a chainsaw. Deputies arrived on the scene and found the man inside the residence with the chainsaw running.
Leonard was in the residence by himself as his wife and friends had run to the neighbor’s house for safety.
Deputies, with assistance from the Sidney Police Department, surrounded the residence for more than an hour as Leonard refused to come out of the house. During that hour, deputies negotiated with Leonard and attempted to talk him out of the residence.
Leonard did run the chainsaw numerous times as he walked to different windows in the house and held the saw outside the windows, reviving up the chainsaw.
At 4:22 a.m., Leonard surrendered to deputies. He was transported to Wilson Health by Perry Port Salem Rescue for a precaution as Leonard admitted using cocaine and alcohol.
Leonard was then taken to Shelby County Jail. He was being held on a $7,500 bond.
The incident remains under investigation.