Inmate faces new charges after Bartholomew County Jail incident

A Bartholomew County Jail inmate faces new charges after being accused of tearing apart a section of his cell door and using metal rods from it as a weapon.

Jordan Rhoades, 21, 465 Clifty Drive, was charged Friday in Bartholomew Superior Court 1 with three counts of felony battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief, court records state.

Rhoades is accused of taking the metal rods from the cell door and throwing them at three Bartholomew County Jail deputies, court records state. The charges also accuse him of intentionally damaging jail property.

The incident occurred on Monday after another inmate, Joe Reed, 37, 1422 Seventh St.,  kicked out a section of his cell door. While Reed and Rhoades were moved to a separate confinement area, other inmates blocked the bottom of their cell doors and allowed showers and toilets to overflow, flooding several areas in the jail, deputies said.

Damage to the cell doors has been estimated at $8,000 but no damage estimate has been made on the flooding.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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