Kenton man arrested for home intrusion, vehicle theft; attempts suicide in Allen County jail

By J Swygart -



LIMA — A Kenton man who broke into a garage and stole a vehicle, leading police on a high-speed chase — and who later attempted to commit suicide while in the Allen County jail — is back in jail on an around-the-clock watch.

According to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, residents at 527 Fenway Drive, Lima, were alerted by their dogs to a commotion outside their residence. At that time, they observed an unknown white male, later identified as Matthew T. Manns, of Kenton, entering their detached garage.

When the male homeowner walked outside to confront Manns, he found the man was now standing in the driveway and was attempting to enter a truck parked in the driveway. Manns, 33, reportedly stated that he needed a ride. When the victim told the intruder to get out of his truck, Manns reportedly displayed a bat and stated, “Give me your keys, or I’ll bash your head.”

The homeowner went back into his residence, where his wife had called 911 already. Shortly thereafter, Manns got into the victim’s vehicle parked in the garage. The keys were in the vehicle, and Manns fled the residence.

Deputies located him driving in the area and attempted a traffic stop. Manns fled at a high rate of speed and led deputies on a nearly 15-minute pursuit that ended when he crashed in a Hardin County cornfield.

After crashing, Manns attempted to resist deputies but was eventually taken into custody. At that time, he claimed to have a medical issue and was subsequently transported to Memorial Health System. Manns was released to the Allen County Jail at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, at which time he was booked on a charge of aggravated robbery.

At 8:20 p.m. Sunday, a corrections officer was doing routine inmate checks when he found Manns unresponsive in his cell with a sheet around his neck. Officers summoned medical assistance, and Mann regained consciousness. He then immediately began attempting to further harm himself by banging his head on the concrete floor. He was restrained and transported to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center by deputies.

Manns has been released back to the Allen County Jail and is under constant supervision, according to a spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

Additional charges are likely.


By J Swygart

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