Huber Heights homicide victim ID’d, suspect in jail

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Huber Heights police are investigating an apparent homicide.

Crews were called to a home at 4081 Cree Avenue just before 7:00 p.m. after neighbors thought they heard gunshots.

Officers at the house say they found 26-year-old Melissa V. Nilson dead in the yard.

A patrolman spotted a speeding car as he approached the scene and began a short pursuit.

Police say the driver crashed on Rip Rap Road, then took off running. He forced his way through the kitchen door at the Jackass Flats bar. That is where police struggled with the man, then tazed him before taking him into custody.

Ryan Mitchell, 28, was arrested in the 6100 block of Taylorsville Road. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of murder charges.

During the pursuit, Mitchell reportedly hit another vehicle. The driver tells 2 NEWS he believes his van is totaled and he’s lucky to be alive.

“He was desperate and, afterwards; I found out that he had shot someone and they died. I thought, well my life would be very insignificant to him if he wiped me out. If he killed somebody he knew, he would have no problem wiping me out,” explains Ron Stechenfinger.

The exact relationship between Mitchell and the victim is not known. But, neighbors tell us the two had dated. They also say that a 4-year-old was inside the home at the time of the crime.

Mitchell is being held without bond.

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