Ohio Cop Charged In Swat Team 10 Hour Standoff
BLUE ASH, Ohio — A Mt. Healthy police officer found himself on the other side of the law Friday when he was arrested in Blue Ash after an overnight standoff The incident stemmed from a warrant issued against him for violating a court order to stay away from his former girlfriend.
Jordan Ribariu, 28, was taken into custody on misdemeanor charges of inducing panic and resisting arrest. With a promising career in enforcing the law, he now stands accused of violating it. For more than nine hours starting Thursday night and carrying into Friday morning, Ribariu was holed up in his Blue Ash apartment after his ex-girlfriend contacted police.
"She called us after he had left wherever they were in Cincinnati and told us that he had violated the protection order," according to Lt. Roger Pohlman, of the Blue Ash Police Department.
Court documents revealed Ribariu was ordered to stay away from the woman a week ago but "knowingly contacted the victim several times via cell phone. The victim stated while on the phone with the defendant, the defendant showed up at her residence. The defendant knew of the protection order and was served on 6-14-19."
His police powers were suspended two days before the SWAT standoff because of the protection order. "We had information that he possibly may have weapons in the apartments", stated Lt. Pohlman. We had information that he possibly may have weapons in the apartments", stated Lt. Pohlman.
"We didn't want to put our officers at risk or any of the community members." According to court documents, Blue Ash police found two Glocks, a Ruger and two rifles, all loaded, in his apartment. He did not have his authorized police weapon or his badge with him at the apartment. Ribariu was on paid leave pending a hearing about the protection order at the end of the month.
Referring to his arrest, Mt. Healthy Mayor James Wolf told us "Unfortunately he made a poor decision." Ribariu was named Mt. Healthy's officer of the year in 2017.
When hired in August of 2014, the department's Facebook post mentioned his training in several areas, including domestic violence response. In a media release, the chief extended his thanks and appreciation to Cincinnati police, Blue Ash police and Hamilton County SWAT "for the professionalism they displayed during this incident."
It is not yet known who will represent Ribariu when he is arraigned Saturday morning.