Police: Man threatened people with butcher knife


A 52-year-old Seymour man was arrested after police said he threatened two people with a butcher knife during an argument Sunday, according to court documents.

Bobby Ray Finley faces two preliminary Level 5 felony charges of intimidation and a Level 6 felony charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Seymour police were called to a home on Devon Court around 2 a.m. Sunday on a reportĀ  Finley had threatened a woman with a knife.

When officers arrived, Finley had already left the home.

Officer Crystal Schapson, who was the investigating officer, wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed Monday that "the home was in disarray" with glass shattered all over the floor, several decorations thrown around the living room, a bookshelf that was destroyed and a television that was shattered.

The woman told police Finley had been arguing with her since Saturday morning, but things had escalated.

The woman also showed officers cuts on her arms she said came from previous attacks by Finley. She also told officers she slept with a knife to protect herself, according to court documents.

Schapson then interviewed witnesses, one of whom said Finley drew a butcher knife to his face. He also told police he saw Finley chase the woman through the house and throw the knife at her.

At one point, Finley also held a second knife to the woman, according to court documents.

Schapson and Officer John Armstrong found Finley in his truck in the parking lot in the 1600 block of East Tipton Street.

Officers also said they found two butcher knives and two steak knives in the vehicle. Finley told police he didn’t know what happened but he left after he and the woman argued. He also denied pulling a knife on anyone.

Assistant Police Chief Craig Hayes said officers Joshua Daniel and Chris McCoy and Cpl. Brian Moore assisted.

Finley was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 3:28 a.m. Sunday and is being held on a $2,005 bond.

A Level 5 felony is punishable between one and six years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is three years.

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