Police arrest ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect near industrial park

An Iowa man considered armed and dangerous and wanted on a warrant was arrested early Thursday in a Bartholomew County industrial park with the help of three employees of a local company.

Aaron Lee Gillespie, 35, Glenwood, Iowa, is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond on arrest charges of possession of methamphetamine and the out-of-county warrant.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Rightway Fasteners, 7945 S. International Drive in Columbus, at about 1:22 a.m. Thursday after employees saw and apprehended a subject outside the factory, according to a sheriff’s department spokeswoman Judy Jackson.

Deputy Jon Lanning saw upon arrival two Rightway Fastener employees holding down a man, who was identified as Gillespie. Rightway Fasteners was on lockdown because of an Everbridge alert for the southwest portion of Bartholomew County, which reported that Gillespie was in the area and considered to be armed and dangerous, Jackson said.

One Rightway employee told deputies that he was near the northeast corner of the building when he saw Gillespie run through the parking lot. The employee said he ran after the subject and notified a fellow employee, who was at the back of the building. The two held Gillespie on the ground until a third Rightway employee arrived to assist, Jackson said.

A bag containing a white, powdery substance was found in one of Gillespie’s pockets, which he told deputies was methamphetamine, Jackson said.

“We are very fortunate that this incident ended without anyone being hurt”, Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said.

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