July 1, 2016

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Brunswick man pleads not guilty in standoff case

Luke Pfeiler

Luke Pfeiler

MEDINA — A Brunswick man with a criminal history who barricaded himself in his home March 21 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of resisting arrest and inducing panic.

The felony charges against 22-year-old Luke Pfeiler could land him in prison for up to three years if he’s convicted. He’s also charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, punishable by up to six months in jail.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler set Pfeiler’s trial for June 23.

Pfeiler, of 3327 Valley Forge Drive, was indicted April 9 and is being held at the county jail on $200,000 bond.

The charges stem from a call to police by Pfeiler’s girlfriend, who said he threatened her with a knife. Pfeiler had been released from prison on parole less than two weeks earlier, where he was incarcerated for failing to obey a police officer, vehicular assault and expelling a “bodily substance” at an officer at the jail after a high-speed chase.

According to Brunswick police, Pfeiler barricaded himself in his bedroom with a large knife and refused to come out when police arrived following the domestic dispute. He told officers through the door he was going to harm himself or force police to hurt or kill him.

Police reported they kicked down the bedroom door and fired a stun gun at Pfeiler, who dodged it and was hit in the head. Pfeiler then suffered a seizure and was sent to a hospital.

He was released days later.

The charges that previously sent Pfeiler to prison stemmed from a chase through Montville Township in May that ended when he crashed into another vehicle.

If the court finds Pfeiler violated parole, he could face up to six months more in prison.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.