Arrest warrants issued after 16-year-old assaulted

(WDTN Photo)

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — Sidney Police have issued two arrest warrants after a 16-year-old was assaulted.

Police said two teens were walking in the 200 block of North West Avenue around 6 p.m. Saturday when they exchanged words with a man. The teens continued walking, but when they reached the intersection of North Street, the man ran across the street and punched one of them, knocking him to the ground and unconscious. The 16-year-old victim was transported to Wilson Health and then was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital via CareFlight.

Samantha Rivera (Sidney Police Photo)
Samantha Rivera (Sidney Police Photo)
Johnny Harness (Sidney Police Photo)
Johnny Harness (Sidney Police Photo)

Witnesses identified the suspect as Johnny Harness, 31. Police said they tried multiple times to reach Harness at this house on North West Avenue but he was not located. Officials said Harness’ live-in girlfriend, Samantha Rivera, 24, was questioned by officers and provided misleading information to them to prevent them from finding Harness.

Police have now issued arrest warrants for both of them. A felony 2 felonious assault warrant has been issued for Harness. A felony 3 obstructing justice warrant has been issued for Rivera.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477. 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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