WATCH: Police body cam shows arrest of man for breaking into West Chester daycare center

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

West Chester police make an arrest at a daycare as seen on police body cam footage.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A Butler County grand jury has indicted a 38-year-old West Chester man on assault and vandalism charges after he allegedly broke into the Children’s Learning Center and caused $3,000 in damage.

Jason Lehman was arrested on Jan. 29 after he allegedly broke into the daycare in the 8100 block of Market Place Drive at around 1:45 p.m. and damaged several iPads, a computer and the front desk.


West Chester Twp. spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Lehman apparently first caused a commotion at the Wings and Rings restaurant off of Ohio 747 while filling out a job application. Then he moved on to the daycare.

“After leaving the Wings and Rings, he was able to make entry into the daycare center lobby where he proceeded to yell, break equipment and furnishings,” she said. “The owner of the Wings and Rings and his son followed the individual into the daycare and were able to gain some control of the individual until police arrived.”

The arresting officer’s body camera shows him cuffing Lehman and trying to get him to stop swearing.

“Shhh, there’s kids in here,” the officer says. “I don’t know what your problem is but be quiet.”

Wilson said the children were moved to the back of the building in a secure room during the incident.

Lehman is currently in the Butler County Jail facing fifth degree felony vandalism and burglary charges and a misdemeanor assault charge. His bond was set at $85,000.