Man arrested after being accused of biting officer

A local man was arrested after being accused of biting a Columbus police officer during a scuffle.

Columbus police officers were sent to the 1000 block of Phoenix Court at 12:30 p.m. Monday about an unresponsive man inside a vehicle in a parking lot, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When officers arrived, they found the man with a large knife and baseball bat inside the car as well as items associated with the use and distribution of narcotics, Harris said.

Officers woke up Christopher A. Riddle, 38, of 1526 Franklin St., who struggled with officers as they attempted to secure him in handcuffs, Harris said.

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Riddle then bit the arm of one of the police officers and a stun gun was used to take Riddle into custody, Harris said.

During the incident, officers could hear people in a nearby apartment making threats toward them as they struggled with Riddle, Harris said.

Officers later located Jayson D. Ackenback, 33, of 12481 E. 25th St., hiding in a closet inside an apartment, Harris said. A parole warrant was confirmed for his arrest and he was also taken into custody, Harris said.

Ackenback is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

Riddle was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for a medical check and then taken to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was arrested on preliminary charges of:

  • Felony battery on a law enforcement officer causing injury
  • Felony resisting law enforcement causing injury
  • A Marion County arrest warrant for a probation violation on original charges of felony narcotics dealing and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Riddle is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.