Police: Suspect surrenders peacefully after standoff at North Main Street home

Daryl Napier barricaded himself in ex-wife's home

FRANKLIN, Ohio  -- A Franklin man who had already been arrested twice this week and fought with a police officer surrendered after a SWAT standoff at his ex-wife’s home on Thursday morning, police said.

Daryl Napier, 39, is hooked on heroin and has been in and out of prison on drug-related charges for several years, his family told WCPO.

Napier barricaded himself  in an attic in the 100 block of North Main Street overnight, police said. He surrendered about 8:45 a.m.

Napier’s 17-year-old daughter Ashley said the whole experience was surreal.

"Just to wake up with cops knocking on your door and then asking to search the place and then finding your dad in a crawl space," she said.

Her brother spotted him first and called 911, police said.

Ashley said her father’s heroin addiction nearly killed him.

"He almost overdosed and it hurt me so bad. It took   me a couple of months just to forgive him because I sat there and cried my eyes out because he almost died, and then he wants to do it over again and he can die from that and I don't like it."

Napier was arrested on Sunday following a report of a break-in in Carlisle, Franklin police said. A canine team tracked Napier to a wooded area. When he refused come out, a police dog subdued him.  Napier had bruises on his forearm and hand and refused medical treatment, Franklin police said. 

Two days later, Napier was back on the street, literally. Franklin police chief Russ Whitman said one of his officers spotted him on Bryant Avenue on Tuesday.

"On Christmas Eve our officer saw Mr. Napier walking down Bryant Avenue and went to take him into custody on an active warrant we had for failure to appear for receiving stolen property.

“He fought with the officer, the officer pepper sprayed him and as another officer got there they were able to take him into custody.

“Unrelated to that, EMS checked him out. He still needed transport to the hospital for another medical reason, so we released him into the care of the hospital and that is when he left the hospital against medical advice.

“Later on that night we suspected he's the one that did a home invasion on Union Road, which is right near the hospital."

Napier is being held at the Warren County Jail on charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest, possession of a drug abuse instrument, possession of heroin and burglary.

He will be arraigned via video in Franklin Municipal Court at noon Friday.

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