Seymour man faces five felonies after domestic incident


A 30-year-old Seymour man faces five felony charges related to a domestic incident reported nearly two weeks ago, police report.

Michael Allen Romero was arrested Friday and faces a preliminary Level 3 felony charge of burglary resulting in bodily injury following an incident at an apartment complex on Seymour’s east side.

Romero also faces preliminary charges of robbery, a Level 5 felony; theft, a Level 6 felony; and two Level 6 felonies of battery. He also faces a Class B misdemeanor of criminal mischief.

Romero’s arrest stems from a July 10 incident reported to police by a woman at Sycamore Springs.

The woman told police she had arrived at the apartment complex around 3 a.m. with two children and was met by Romero in the parking lot. She and Romero had previously been in a relationship, and Romero approached her and ripped her purse off of her shoulder, the woman said.

The woman and children were able to get away from Romero and into her apartment, where she called police because she feared Romero would cause damage to her car, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Indiana State Police Trooper Blake Litmer.

A short time later, Romero climbed up to the woman’s balcony on the second floor and was looking through the glass sliding door asking one of the children to open the door. The woman took both children into a room of the apartment.

Romero then pried the door open and entered the apartment, according to court documents.

He grabbed one of the youth’s cellphones and threw it against a wall, shattering it. He also took a pocketknife out of his pocket and threw it at the youth.

Romero then turned to the woman, grabbed her by the arms and threw her into a corner and began throwing random objects at her, Litmer wrote in court documents.

He then left the bedroom and took a PlayStation 4 from the living room and left.

Romero left the scene before Litmer arrived.

On Friday, Seymour Police Department officers Ben Miller and Devlin McMindes, along with K-9 Officer Edi, received information that Romero was hiding in a garage in the 800 block of West Laurel Street, and police later arrested him.

Romero was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 8:41 p.m. Friday without bond pending his initial hearing.

A Level 3 felony is punishable between three and 16 years if convicted. The advisory sentence is nine years.

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