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Harassment complaint leads to man’s arrest

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VERNON — A leap from a second-floor apartment failed to keep a Jennings County man from being arrested Monday night.

Dustin V. Hines, 25, of North Vernon was booked into the Jennings County Jail in Vernon at 9:45 p.m. Monday. He remained in jail in lieu of $1,055 bond.

Hines was being held on charges of stalking with threats, a Class C felony; resisting law enforcement resulting in injury, a Class D felony in an earlier incident; and misdemeanor charges of false informing and criminal trespassing.

The charges stem from an incident in which North Vernon police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person at Oak Meadow Apartments on the city’s west side at 8:15 p.m. Monday.

According to a news release, police received complaints of harassment and an attempted break-in from a woman at those apartments for several weeks.

A potential suspect in those complaints was described as the victim’s former boyfriend, who later was identified as Hines, police said.

On Monday, another resident in the apartment building reported seeing a man banging on the woman’s door, yelling to be let in, and that the man, later identified as Hines, possibly had a crowbar.

Shortly after arriving, officers contacted the woman in her apartment.

Police also reported there was a man in the apartment who gave the officers a false name. That man ran to a back bedroom and jumped out of the second-story apartment, police said.

He began running and was chased by officers outside. He was caught by a police dog and taken into custody by officers.

Hines also faces charges of attempted burglary and resisting law enforcement from an earlier incident, police said.

There are two earlier documented cases in which Hines fled from officers in similar incidents, police said.

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