2015-08-04 / Front Page

Area SWAT Team And U.S. Marshals Help Apprehend Owen County Man

Staff Report

According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Owen County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) Captain Detective Erich Teuton, on July 25th Owen County Dispatch was informed by representatives of IU Health-Bloomington Hospital that a victim was receiving treatment for injuries she sustained during a battery in Owen County. Officers learned that the battery occurred at a residence on South Cataract Road in Taylor Township and that the suspect was likely still at the residence and possibly armed with numerous firearms and body armor.

Officers from the OCSD traveled to the residence in an effort to locate the suspect, but those efforts were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Detective Teuton traveled to Bloomington Hospital to interview the victim and her husband. Later that morning, it was determined that due to the significant danger posed to law enforcement and the public in confronting the suspect, that assistance from the Morgan County SWAT Team would be necessary in order to apprehend the suspect.

Officers from both the Owen County Sheriff’s Department and the Morgan County SWAT Team assembled near the residence on South Cataract Road and ultimately made entry into the home, but they did not find the suspect in the home or on the surrounding property. Officers left the property and decided to make efforts to contact the suspect by phone and through GPS tracking of his cell phone. Over the next two days, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals and the Owen County Prosecutor’s Office, officers watched for cell phone activity of the suspect and on July 27th officers finally got the break they wanted, the phone showed that it was active and currently located at the residence on South Cataract Road.

Owen County officials again made contact with the Morgan County SWAT Team and the U.S. Marshals to attempt to apprehend the suspect at his residence. Officers traveled to the residence during the early evening hours on Monday and after several hours of fruitless negotiations with the suspect, police made entry into the residence and the suspect was arrested.

Caleb Richard Trinkle, 31, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, intimidation, and strangulation. He was also served with a pre-existing felony warrant for residential entry and battery which was outstanding from Vanderburgh County.

According to Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere, Trinkle was formally charged by his office with battery resulting in serious bodily injury (level 5 felony), strangulation (level 6 felony), and intimidation (level 6 felony). Trinkle was scheduled to have his initial hearing today, Wednesday, and his bond to be set pursuant to the Court’s bond schedule.

Prosecutor VanDer- Moere issued a reminder that criminal charges are only allegations and this defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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