Seymour woman faces 4 felony charges

A Seymour woman faces multiple charges, including four felonies, after an incident Friday night, police report.

Sylvia Rose Terry, 34, was arrested for kidnapping, a Level 3 felony; criminal confinement, criminal recklessness and intimidation, all Level 6 felonies; and theft, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement, all misdemeanors.

According to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster, dispatch received a report that a missing 24-year-old woman from Edinburgh could possibly be in the Seymour area. She was last known to be giving a ride to a woman from Seymour to get a change of clothing.

While checking the area around Steven’s Way on the far east side of the city, officers were approached by the brother of the victim. The man told officers the suspect had pulled a knife on him and jumped into a nearby truck, police said.

Officers approached the vehicle that the woman was in and had her exit, and the suspect was identified as Terry.

The victim told officers Terry asked for a ride to Seymour. On the way there, Terry took the victim’s mobile phone and threw it out the window, police said.

Terry then directed the victim to drive to Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge east of Seymour, where Terry pulled out a knife and instructed the victim to exit the vehicle.

After about 30 minutes, Terry told the victim to get back in the vehicle and drive to the Circle K convenience store on Steven’s Way. Once there, the victim said they sat stationary for about two hours, and she told police she didn’t reach out for help because of Terry’s erratic behavior and out of fear.

Family members of the victim showed up, and the woman was able to get away from Terry. Terry then attempted to enter a vehicle belonging to one of the victim’s relatives, but after being unable to do so, she got back into the victim’s vehicle and brandished the knife again, police said.

At that point, one of the victim’s family members began yelling for help, and Terry exited the vehicle and entered another vehicle. Officers then made contact with Terry and took her into custody. A knife also was located in the vehicle Terry entered, police said.

Terry was taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and booked in at 11:55 p.m. Friday. She remains there without bond.

In Indiana, if convicted, Level 3 felonies are punishable by three to 16 years in prison, and Level 6 felonies carry a sentence of six months to two and a half years.