Last updated 12:03PM ET
December 13, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Lockdown at crisis center
(WOUB) - Athens police have a man in custody after a lock down at a mental health facility Thursday morning.

Athens-Hocking-Vinton 317 Board Director Earl Cecil says a resident at The Respite crisis residential center became violent and assaulted members of the staff.

Police say three staff members were hurt in the attack...Charlotte Pancake, Margaret Mullins and Brad Centerfield.

All were taken to the hospital, and Pancake may have suffered some broken bones.

Lieutenant Dave Williams says 28-year old Vincent Riley of Athens attacked the staff members with chairs and other objects.

Williams says when he arrived on the scene, Riley was carrying a wooden chair leg.

He says Riley threw it at him and then fled into the woods.

After about a hour and half chase, Riley was arrested.

He's charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count of assault on a peace officer.

Riley's bond was set at 75-thousand dollars.

According to the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail database, Riley was arrested back in September for drug abuse and obstructing official business.

Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling is under contract to operate the Respite center for the 317 Board.

Tri-County's Director says they plan to review the incident and will try to make sure nothing like this can happen again.
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