Father treated for dog bites after trying to take child from school

Justin Kellums. Photo: HCSO.
Justin Kellums. Photo: HCSO.

SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP, HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) – - Holmes Elementary School was placed on lockdown Friday during an incident involving a parent who was arrested after a police canine tracked him down.

At 8:51 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the school at 8688 Donna Lane in Sycamore Township regarding a parent who was there to pick up a child for an unknown reason.

The school had been alerted earlier that the parent had outstanding warrants and did not have permission to pick up the child.  The school staff contacted the Hamilton County Communications Center and attempted to delay the suspect until Sheriff's Deputies arrived.

At 8:55 a.m., Sheriff's Corporal Steve Sabers arrived on scene; apparently the suspect observed the deputy arriving and fled into the main hallway of the school stating to school personnel he was going to get his son out of class.  The suspect was followed by a member of the school staff through the school.  Upon realizing he could not get into the child's classroom the suspect fled the building into a wooded area to avoid apprehension.  At this point Holmes Elementary School was placed on lock down.

Cpl. Troy Swearingen and his canine partner, Kora, were requested to assist in the search for the suspect.  The staff member from Holmes Elementary who followed the suspect stated, "He was grabbing at his waist band and I think he might have a gun".  Kora was released at 9:18 a.m. and tracked the suspect into a wooded area directly to the north of Holmes Elementary School.  The police canine tracked down a steep embankment, crossing over a creek bed, and up a steep embankment.  As Kora reached the top of the hill the suspect was located hiding behind a downed tree.  The dog jumped over the downed tree and caught the suspect.  No weapon was located on his person.

The Sheriff's Office is identifying the suspect as Justin T. Kellums, age 27, of Deer Park. Kellums has been arrested and charged with Inducing Panic, (Ohio revised Code 2917.31), a  misdemeanor of the 1st degree; Resisting Arrest, 2921.33, a misdemeanor of the 2nd degree; Disorderly Conduct; 2917.11, a misdemeanor of the 4th degree, and six (6) outstanding warrants.

Kellums was treated at University Hospital for multiple canine bites.  He has been released from the hospital and is now in the Hamilton County Justice Center awaiting arraignment.

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