Fight over cereal ended with bomb threat, Goshen police say

Man charged with making terroristic threats
PD: Fight over cereal ends with bomb threat
Posted at 11:36 AM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 17:23:16-05

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Well, that escalated quickly: A beating over a cup of cereal ended in a standoff over a bomb threat, the Goshen Township Police Department said.

Officers were called to a home on Manila Road near Moler Road for a fight Tuesday.

Ely Joseph Arnold, 35, and a friend beat up his girlfriend's son over the cereal, the son told officers at the scene.

Another woman in the home called police.

One of the people at the scene claimed there was a meth lab inside the home, so officers called the Clermont County Drug Task Force.

Arnold gave police a fake name, police said, but a drug task force member recognized him. He has a lengthy criminal history, according to court records, and he has served sentences for assault and robbery.

As of Tuesday, he was wanted for a parole violation stemming from a robbery and had other warrants, too, the police department said.

Arnold also told police he had a bomb and threatened to kill himself and them, the police department said. They backed out of the home and called the Clermont County Special Response Team.

After about an hour, Arnold surrendered and was taken to the Clermont County Jail.

He faces charges of making terroristic threats and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Two women at the scene -- Angelica Arp and Kristin Roth -- both were arrested on drug charges: Arp faces two counts of possessing drug abuse instruments and one count of drug paraphernalia. Roth had a felony drug warrant in Hamilton County, where she was being held Thursday on a heroin possession charge.

More charges are expected in the case, police said.