LIMA — A St. Marys man who has had previous brushes with law enforcement in Lima pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of kidnapping, robbery and abduction.
Tyler Paxson, 23, was indicted by the recent session of the grand jury and entered the pleas during his arraignment hearing in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
According to court documents, Allen County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on July 22 to Lima Memorial Health System in reference to an individual who was being treated following an alleged assault.
The woman told authorities she had been assaulted by Paxson at a car lot on Elida Road in Delphos after she met him to retrieve money he had taken from her. She said Paxson forced open the door of her vehicle, took the car keys and physically pushed her into the passenger seat. He then got in and drove away.
The alleged victim told police Paxson started hitting her in the face before stopping to get gas for the vehicle. He allegedly told the woman not to attempt to flee and said that if she did, he would run over her with the car. Paxson then drove to Lima and purchased drugs before forcing the victim make arrangements for a friend to meet them in Cridersville to give him money, according to court documents.
In Cridersville the victim was able to escape by running into a Dollar General store and asking for help, according to court documents. Cridersville police responded to the scene.
The woman told police she had been held against her will for more than six hours.
Paxon was acquitted at trial in May 2016 of a felonious assault charge in Lima. He was accused of striking a police officer during an arrest in July 2014. Paxson accused police of excessive force during the arrest and showed pictures of his severely bruised face that he said backed up his allegations.
During that arrest, Paxson had a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit, and cocaine and marijuana in his system, according to court records.