18-year-old accused of beating teen

An 18-year-old man accused of battering a youth during an incident early Wednesday morning on Seymour’s east side has been arrested.

Ethan M. Pierce of Seymour was arrested as part of the investigation into the incident reported by the father of the 16-year-old boy, who was beaten and robbed, Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

Pierce faces charges of robbery resulting in injury, battery resulting in injury and criminal confinement.

Pierce was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 3:10 a.m. Thursday. He was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

Additional arrests are possible, Abbott said.

Sgt. Ryan Huddleston, who is heading the investigation, met with the father and son at a restaurant on the city’s east side shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The youth told police he was beaten and robbed in a motel room on the east side of the city, where he and several other people had gathered. That incident occurred at about 5 a.m.

The teen said his wallet, identification and cash were taken during the incident, which involved issues with a female, Abbott said.

The door to the room was locked, and he wasn’t allowed to leave the motel room, Abbott said.

Abbott said the youth was battered, but his injuries were not serious enough to require hospitalization.

Huddleston was continuing to conduct interviews with witnesses Thursday morning, Abbott said.

Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.