Man arrested for attack at Walmart Distribution Center


A 33-year-old Jennings County man was arrested Saturday night after he threatened another employee at Walmart Distribution Center in Seymour, police report.

Jose Arnaldo Membreno Montes, 33, of North Vernon initially was arrested by Seymour police on a Level 1 felony charge of attempted murder and three Level 5 felony charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery and intimidation with a deadly weapon at the center at 2100 E. Tipton St.

After reviewing the case, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office plans to charge Membreno Montes with Level 5 felony charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon and domestic battery with a deadly weapon, according to a news release from Seymour Police Department Lt. C.J. Foster.

Foster said Seymour officers responding to the scene were told by Walmart supervision officials that they had been able to separate Membreno Montes and a woman.

One of the supervisors told police that the female employee had told them that another employee had grabbed her necklace and ripped it off, told her he was going to kill her and held a knife to her neck.

After interviewing both parties, officers were able to determine the two previously had been in a relationship.

The woman told police Membreno Montes was always harassing her and following her. She said Membreno Montes cornered her at work and put a knife to her neck and told her he was going to kill her.

Membreno Montes initially denied almost everything when interviewed by police, Foster said. In a follow-up interview, however, Membreno Montes admitted to holding a knife to the woman’s neck and confronting her because he was jealous, Foster said.

Because Membreno Montes was working at the distribution center under the identity of someone else, he also faces a Level 6 felony charge of identity deception and a second Level 6 felony charge of forgery.

He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 9:31 p.m. Saturday and was being without bond pending his initial appearance in Jackson Circuit Court.

In Indiana, a Level 5 felony is punishable by one to six years in prison with an advisory sentence of three years if convicted.

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