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Police use stun gun in man’s arrest


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Police used a stun gun to subdue a man accused of forcing his way into homes, yelling at people and threatening children on New Year’s Day at Country Squire Lakes in northwestern Jennings County.

Levi Hawkins, 20, of North Vernon, faces a Class D felony charge of invasion of privacy and a Class A misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement, according to a report from the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles.

Hawkins’ arrest occurred about noon Wednesday after the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department received numerous 911 calls regarding a man forcing his way into several homes in Country Squire Lakes near North Vernon then yelling at the occupants for no apparent reason.

The last of those callers said the man was threatening children in a residence in the 3000 block of Cliffshire Drive.

Trooper Randel Miller, who was nearby at the time of the call, responded and reported finding a man with no shoes or socks walking nearby.

Miller said he confronted the man, who had a blank stare and seemed very agitated.

The man initially complied with Miller’s requests then began to resist, Miller said.

That’s when he used his stun gun and brought the man, later identified as Hawkins, under control.

Hawkins was treated at the scene for minor injuries that resulted from the incident then taken to the Jennings County Jail, Miller said.

Hawkins was booked into the jail at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday and was being held on $1,055 bond pending his initial hearing.

Jennings County officers Anthony Maberry and Alan Ritchie assisted with the arrest.

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