West Portsmouth man arrested in apartment break-ins

May 21, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Portsmouth police arrested a man charged with breaking into two apartments over the weekend and firing a handgun at least once, according to a news release.

Police arrested Leo Buggs, 39, of West Portsmouth, on two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of having a weapon while under disability (being a felon in possession of a firearm).

Portsmouth police responded to a 911 call about a burglary in progress at 1:29 a.m. Saturday at the Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority in the 1200 block of Robinson Avenue.

The call to authorities said there was a man on the roof of an apartment complex armed with a gun trying to enter through an upstairs window, according to the release.

Police confronted a suspect and after several tense moments, the suspect agreed to lay down the handgun and surrender to police, according to the release. The weapon was recovered with the assistance of the Portsmouth Fire Department.

The handgun had six live rounds and one spent shell, according to the report.

According to an investigation, the suspect entered one apartment and was confronted by a guest inside. It was at that point that the weapon was fired inside the apartment complex, according to the release.

The suspect then left the apartment, trying to enter another unit. A woman told police her children told her about a man trying to get inside their apartment. The man pointed the weapon at the woman before leaving the apartment, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the burglaries are asked to contact police at 740-353-4101.

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