HARLINGEN, TEXAS — Two suspects from an assault in Sidney in March were arrested Friday in Harlingen Texas, according to a press release Friday afternoon.
On March 13 2016, the Sidney Police Department investigated a felonious assault incident that occurred near the rear parking lot of the post office near the corner of West Avenue and North Street. During the assault a 16-year-old Sidney male juvenile sustained life threatening injuries which resulted in being Care Flighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Fortunately after extensive medical intervention the male juvenile has made a full recovery.
As a result of the investigation into the assault, felony arrest warrants were issued for two individuals: Johnny L. Harness, 31, and Samantha M. Rivera, 24. Both individuals resided at 233 ½ N. West Ave., Sidney, at the time of the offense. Both fled Sidney after the incident was reported.
On July 5, 2016, Sidney Police contacted the Harlingen Police Department requesting assistance in locating the two suspects. The Harlingen Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit and members of the U.S. Marshals Service began investigation immediately and as a result of a rapid investigation, they located and arrested both of the subjects just before 2 p.m. on Friday.
Harness was charged with assault, a felony of the second-degree, and Rivera was charged with obstructing justice, a felony of the third-degree. Both were transported to the city jail, pending extradition back to Ohio.
“Our gratitude goes out to our law enforcement partners in Harlingen Texas and the US Marshall’s Office assisting in this apprehension to bring justice to the victim’s family,” Sidney Police Captain Jerry Tangeman said in the press release Friday.