(Updated) Michigan man faces charges after alleged Perrysburg Twp. burglary PDF Print E-mail
Written by By PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:36
Perrysburg Township officers are seen at the end of a driveway near a house on Thompson Road where shots were fired early afternoon January 29, 2012. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
LIME CITY – Police have identified a man who was shot and wounded by police Tuesday after he was observed running from the back of a residence following an apparent burglary attempt in Perrysburg Township.
James Scott Newman, 39, Grand Rapids, Mich., remained at Toledo Hospital this morning after being shot in the leg. He is being charged with burglary and possession of criminal tools, though additional charges may be pending.
“He did sustain a gunshot,” said Det. Sgt. Jim Gross of Perrysburg Township Police, indicating that Newman’s wound was non-life-threatening. It is still under investigation whether Newman was armed at the time he was shot.
Gross said that at 12:10 p.m. a township police officer was out on “burglary patrol” in the area of Bayer and Thompson roads, southeast of Perrysburg, due to the number of burglary incidents reported recently in northern Wood County and the township. 
The officer observed a suspicious vehicle along the roadway and began checking residences in the area. The officer saw Newman running from the back of one of the residences into a nearby woods.
At one point additional agencies, including Perrysburg City Police and Rossford Police, were called to the scene and a perimeter was established around the woods. The Perrysburg Township canine unit was also brought in and began a search of the area.
James Scott Newman
Gross stated that subsequently Newman exited the woods and was apprehended. It is not yet clear at what point in the incident he was shot, or if the shooting was accidental.
Gross stated that an officer from another law enforcement agency shot Newman.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss that right now,” he said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is investigating the shooting, which Gross said is a normal procedure for such an incident.
Despite other media reports to the contrary, Gross stated “we believe he (Newman) acted alone. We didn’t find any evidence of any other person with him,” and no other individual was discovered during the canine field search.
Gross said that the canine unit did discover a book-bag that Newman had been carrying, and “other items,” but did not detail what those included.
According to criminal records obtained by the Sentinel-Tribune, Newman has a long criminal history in his native Michigan, including a 2002 conviction for domestic violence in Gaylord, and convictions for fraud and felony larceny in communities throughout the state. He reportedly also goes by the alias of “Jamie Lee Purdy”.
It is not yet known if Newman is connected with other recent burglaries in the Perrysburg Township area.
“We’re still working on that part of the investigation,” said Gross. “We’ve got a lot of work to do yet this morning.”
After Newman’s release from the hospital, he is expected to be brought back to Perrysburg Township for official booking on his charges. He will then be taken to the Wood County jail. It is not yet known when he might be released from the hospital.
“I’m still awaiting more information from the hospital,” said Gross.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 10:24

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