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Homeowner holds alleged burglar at gunpoint

Courier-Times Staff Report

A Mooreland-area homeowner held an alleged burglar at gunpoint Saturday morning until police arrived. 

The incident took place around 3:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of County Road 875 North in Henry County, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police. 

The Hagerstown man arrested, Andrew Skirvin, 26, was preliminarily charged with attempted residential entry, criminal trespass, leaving the scene of a vehicle crash, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher and public intoxication.

When ISP Trooper J.T. Burns arrived at the residence, the homeowner was holding Skirvin at gunpoint in the backyard, the press release indicated. Skirvin allegedly tried to kick in the home’s back door after crashing his car nearby. 

Skirvin’s abandoned Honda was found wrecked on County Road 875 North near County Road 250 East by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis King and New Castle Police Sergeant Neal Sealover, who were on their way to the scene to assist, along with EMS. 

As Burns was handcuffing Skirvin, he realized Skirvin was bleeding from a cut on his forehead. Skirvin was transported from the scene by EMS to I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

“At the hospital it was also found that Skirvin had a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit...” the ISP press release indicated. 

After being treated and released from the hospital, Skirvin was taken to Henry County Jail where he remained in custody Monday morning on a $18,500 surety, $1,550 cash bond. 

No court dates have been scheduled.