Man faces robbery, forced-entry charges

Columbus police arrested a local man on preliminary charges of robbery and residential entry after he was accused of forcing his way into an apartment in the 3100 block of Sycamore Drive.

Joshua W. Olmstead, 25, 1170 W. County Road 550S, was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $22,500 bond, jail officials said.

Police were called to the apartment complex on Sycamore Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

The victim told officers that a man, later identified as Olmstead, forced his way into an apartment and ordered the victim to empty his pockets, Harris said.

The suspect told the victim he had a gun and took the victim’s cellphone, his pants and a pack of cigarettes, Harris said.

The victim ran to a nearby convenience store to call 911, Harris said.

Officers heard a disturbance inside one of the apartments and another resident told them two men were fighting in his bathroom and he wanted them removed, Harris said.

Inside the bathroom, the officers located Olmstead and another man who was unresponsive but breathing, Harris said.

Police gave the unresponsive man a dose of Narcan — which can reverse the effects of opiod drugs — and he regained consciousness and was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment.

An investigation continues into the incident, Harris said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.