Teens face charges in connection with incident

Two teenagers have been charged with criminal confinement in connection with an incident in late April in which a juvenile said he had been confined, intimidated, battered and strangled, police report.

James Donald Allen Hess, 18, of Columbus and a 16-year-old Seymour youth were arrested Friday by police after an investigation began when Seymour Police Department Officer Derrick Shelley spoke with the juvenile who reported that he was attacked.

That youth told Shelley on Thursday that the incident had occurred between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. April 29 at a residence in the 800 block of Holiday Drive, Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster said.

Police then obtained a Jackson Superior Court I search warrant, which was executed at the Holiday Drive address by officers and detectives.

Foster said there were several individuals at the residence during the search, in which crime scene investigators found evidence related to the crimes of criminal confinement, intimidation, battery and strangulation.

After processing the scene, detectives interviewed several individuals and then arrested the 16-year-old Seymour boy and Hess.

Both face Level 3 felony charges of criminal confinement, Level 5 felony charges of intimidation and battery and Level 6 felony charges of strangulation.

Hess was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 10:58 a.m. Friday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

The juvenile was taken to the jail, and Foster said it was up to the probation department to determine if he would be held in custody or released to his parents or guardians. The probation department could not be reached for comment by press time.

Foster said the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.