Jade Herzog, 41, was apprehended by Williams County Sheriff’s Office deputies early New Years Day after a crime spree and pursuit that began on Dec. 26 and involved crimes committed by Herzog in Hillsdale and Branch counties in Michigan, Steuben County Indiana, as well as Fulton and Williams counties in Ohio.
Hillsdale County received notification shortly after 1 p.m. on Dec. 27 from the Hillsdale Hospital that Herzog, who was on medical leave from the Hillsdale County Jail, walked away without proper authorization, according to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said that on Saturday, Herzog stole a vehicle from Stryker and drove to Kunkle, Ohio where he is suspected of a home invasion in order to obtain a cell phone. At noon on Saturday, the stolen vehicle from Stryker was located at Lake Seneca in northern Williams County. Herzog next stole a vehicle from Lake Seneca.
Sometime between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Herzog is believed to have stolen from vehicles in Hillsdale and Branch counties in Michigan as well as from vehicles in Steuben County Indiana.
Herzog’s next criminal activity was near Wauseon at a motel on State Route 108 near the Ohio Turnpike where he attempted to use a stolen credit card. Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was notified by motel employees, however Herzog left before Fulton County and Wauseon Police were able to arrive.
Wauseon Police officers spotted the stolen vehicle Herzog was driving and attempted to stop him, according to the Williams County Sheriff. He rammed a Wauseon Police vehicle, thus beginning a pursuit that lead toward Williams County.
The Williams County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 12:15 a.m. on New Years Day of a vehicle theft from a residence on County Road 20 near Alvordton. Herzog then drove to Alvordton where he stole another vehicle which soon became disabled, so he stole a Chevy S-10, according to officials.
With the assistance of citizen calls, Williams County deputies were able to locate Herzog driving the stolen s-10. Herzog attempted to ram a Williams County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, then proceeded to County Road O in the area of County Road 16 near Kunkle where he again attempted to ram a Williams County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. Herzog lost control of the S-10 and crashed on County Road O, according to authorities.
Herzog was taken into custody, transported by EMS to Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan and is now in protective observation at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo. He faces multiple felony charges along with his original drug charges in Hillsdale County. No officers were injured in the pursuit.
Assisting the Williams County Sheriff’s Office during this incident were Williams County Central Communications, Pioneer Police Department, West Unity PD, Stryker PD, Williams County EMS, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Wauseon PD, and many Williams County citizens.