LIMA — In a case of what was described in court records as a drug deal gone bad, a Lima man was arraigned Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court for allegedly attacking his victim with a baseball bat.
Scott Seitz, 40, entered a written plea of not guilty to charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault, felonies of the first- and second-degree, respectively, that were returned against him by the November grand jury.
Lima police say Seitz attacked Eric Glover with a baseball bat outside a West McKibben Street residence on Oct. 8 of last year as part of what was described as a lingering dispute over an earlier drug transaction between the two.
On the night in question, according to court documents, Glover went to the McKibben Street location to purchase a half gram of methamphetamine for $225. When Glover started to walk toward the back of the house, Seitz reportedly came out of the shadows behind him and swung the baseball bat at Glover’s head. As Glover began to run away, two subjects drove away in his car and Seitz followed behind in his own vehicle, police said.
Glover reportedly admitted he was selling meth to support his own drug habit. Police subsequently learned that Seitz resided on Lakewood Avenue and went there in an attempt to locate the suspect.
A female answered the door and initially denied that Seitz was at the home, although some five minutes later the suspect appeared at the door with his hands raised. Police ordered Seitz to the ground because they had knowledge he had at least two firearms inside the residence, including an assault rifle, according to court records.
Seitz reportedly told officers to shoot him, but instead they deployed a Taser and wrestled him to the ground. A subsequent search of the premises yielded drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine residue and a loaded AR-15 assault rifle.
Also arrested in connection with the incident was Michael Wireman, 41, of Lima, who faces a second-degree felony charge of robbery. A witness told police Wireman and Seitz had conspired to attack Glover, who Seitz felt had “cheated” him in an earlier drug deal. That witness also said Wireman drove Glover’s car from the McKibben Street scene of the attack.