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County man charged for threatening ex-girlfriend, sledgehammer recovered

Bryce PatchA county man was arrested after he allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend with a sledgehammer in Belle Center Monday night around 8:30.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office reports that Bryce Patch, 27, of Belle Center, saw his ex driving on Buckeye Street.

He then started following her through the village.

The 21-year-old victim attempted to elude Patch by turning on multiple streets.

She said Patch tried to pass her vehicle several times.

He eventually got in front of her, then stopped and removed a sledgehammer from his truck.

Patch walked towards her vehicle with the sledgehammer.

The victim backed up and fled.

Patch followed her, passed her vehicle, and yelled obscenities at her.

The woman drove to the sheriff's office to report the incident.

The victim and her father met with deputies.

Moments later, authorities found Patch sleeping at his residence.

Patch said he simply wanted to talk to his ex.

He denied grabbing a sledgehammer.

Patch was charged with aggravated menacing and lodged in the Logan County Jail.

Deputies found the sledgehammer on the passenger's side of Patch's vehicle.

The woman told deputies that Patch is under investigation for an alleged aggravated vehicular assault against her.

In domestic violence cases, peakofohio.com does not identify victims.

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