Police: Man broke into John Mellencamp’s house to ‘arrest’ him


Police in Monroe County arrested a man who broke into Seymour native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer John Mellencamp’s property in an attempt to arrest him.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said Robert Carter drove to Mellencamp’s Monroe County home at 6 a.m. Thursday, drove through an entry gate and kicked in the door of the residence.

Police responded to an alarm and found Carter within a building on the property when they arrived. Carter admitted to kicking in the door of the primary residence, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Carter told them he went to the residence to “arrest Mellencamp for supporting a government,” which Carter did not support. No one was at the home at the time of the incident.

Officers found a red Jeep Cherokee near the home.

Carter was arrested on a Level 4 felony charge of burglary, a Level 6 felony charge of residential entry and a Level 6 felony charge of criminal trespassing.

Carter had been arrested Wednesday for a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun without a license. Police said his recent social media posts prompted an advisory to law enforcement to be watchful of him, according to the news release.

He was taken for a mental health evaluation before being booked into the Monroe County Correction Center. He was later released in that matter.

A Level 4 felony carries a sentence between two and 12 years if convicted.

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