Madison man arrested on warrant


A man recently arrested in Switzerland County has been returned to Jackson County to stand trial for his role in an incident that took place here two years ago, police report.

Justin Oliver, 24, of Madison was booked into Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday and was being held without bond on charges of battery, robbery and criminal confinement.

Police recently arrested Oliver during an investigating into a domestic violence incident in Switzerland County. That incident remains under investigation, and charges have not been filed.

The incident tied to the Jackson County warrant took place Jan. 13, 2016, on Seymour’s east side when two men, later identified as Oliver and Ethan Pierce, 20, of Seymour, beat and robbed a 16-year-old boy in the early morning hours at a local motel where people had gathered, police reported.

Police said the motel room was locked, and Oliver and Pierce stole the teen’s wallet that contained his identification and cash. The teen was not hospitalized after the incident.

“Charges were requested back then, and Oliver was just located,” Seymour Capt. Carl Lamb said. “That’s why it took so long to get him arrested because it appears he was on the run for that length of time.”

Pierce was arrested shortly after the incident and pleaded guilty to a burglary charge. He was sentenced to nine years in prison on Aug. 30, 2016, by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Richard W. Poynter.

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