Kettering standoff ends peacefully, involved Centerville school lurking suspect

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The man who held police at bay in Kettering for four hours is now in custody.

The SWAT team surrounded the house around 5:30 a.m. after the theft suspect refused to come out.

Joey Thompson held in Kettering Jail on warrants.  (Photo/Kettering Police Department)
Joey Thompson held in Kettering Jail on warrants. (Photo/Kettering Police Department)

Police tell us the suspect is the same man Centerville police are investigating for showing at two elementary schools last week.

Police were trying to serve a warrant for a theft at a house in the 5600 block of Overbrooke Road.

They tell us Joey Thompson, 44, came out peacefully just after 9:30a.m.  They say he was hiding in the attic earlier in the standoff.

Police say Thompson was stopped by a secretary last week at Primary Village North School as he walked into to the building.

Thompson was arrested Monday morning for obstructing official business, resisting arrest and three warrants.  He is being held in the Kettering Jail until prosecutors decide on formal charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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