Butler County homicide suspect arrested in Meigs County

By Sarah Hawley

POMEROY — A Middletown man accused of killing his wife was arrested early Monday morning by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Keith Wood, Bobby J. Nitz, 45, of Middletown, was arrested at 12:02 a.m. on the exit ramp near Alligator Jack’s off Route 7 after a brief pursuit.

A news release from the Middletown Division of Police states that at 9:13 p.m. on Sunday evening the office received a call from an 11-year-old girl that her mother was dead.

Officers responded to the residence at 1203 Short Street in Middletown where they found Crista V. Nitz, 41, dead on the floor of the bathroom.

“We found that Crista had been arguing with her husband Bobby Jo Nitz, age 45, and it became violent. The little girl heard a loud sound and Bobby fled the area on his motorcycle. Bobby told a friend that he had just killed his wife, so we sent out a message to other police agencies that we were looking for him,” the release states.

Bobby Nitz was spotted by Middleport Police Department Officers shortly before midnight and a pursuit began on Route 7. Deputies came in contact with the suspect near Alligator Jack’s on Route 7, with the suspect then turning onto the exit ramp toward Pomeroy.

At that point, Nitz came to a stop, was ordered to put his hands in the air and was then placed on the ground and handcuffed by Deputy Chris Jones.

Nitz was taken to the Washington County Jail to be held. He is charged with felony fleeing in Meigs County, and a murder charge has been filed by the Middletown Police Department in Butler County.

Wood stated that Nitz has family in the area, and that his office was advised around 11 p.m. Sunday evening that Nitz may be heading toward Meigs County.

The girl was physically unharmed and is now with her father.

Anyone with additional information should call Det. Hughes with the Middletown Division of Police at 513-425-7733.


By Sarah Hawley