LIMA — A St. Marys man who four years ago was found not guilty of charges that he struck a Lima police officer has pleaded guilty to charges related to the assault and abduction of a female acquaintance.
Tyler Paxson, 23, faces up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 when he is sentenced on Feb. 4.
Paxson was indicted by the September session of the grand jury on charges of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; robbery, a felony of the second degree; and abduction, a felony of the third degree. Allen County prosecutors on Monday agreed to dismiss the kidnapping charge in exchange for Paxson’s guilty pleas to the remaining counts, and Paxson accepted that deal.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cheney ordered a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing.
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 woman 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.
Paxson, a graduate of Spencerville High School, 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. 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.
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