Man accused of kidnapping

A 33-year-old man faces a Level 5 felony charge of kidnapping in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend and their child on the Fourth of July in Crothersville, police report.

Dale Aaron Cole of Paris Crossing also faces Level 6 felony charges of domestic battery in the presence of a child less than 14 years of age and invasion of privacy with a prior unrelated invasion of privacy conviction.

The incident that led to Cole’s arrest began July 3 after his fiancée reported that she found him at her home after she had received a protective order against him, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Crothersville Police Chief Richard Hanlin.

The woman said Cole left before she got out of her vehicle, but she found that her chicken coop had been burned down and that two men working on a car at her house had tried to put the fire out.

Cole later showed back up at the house but denied starting the fire, according to court documents. The woman said she asked Cole to leave more than five times, and he wouldn’t. She said she eventually told him she was leaving and taking their 21-month-old son, but he wouldn’t let her leave.

Cole then locked himself and the child in a bedroom and wouldn’t leave or let the woman take the child, she told police.

On July 4, the woman said Cole would still not let her leave with the child and he was calling her very abusive names. At 4:30 p.m. that day, she said she asked Cole to go pick up someone to work on the car.

While he was doing that, she said she took the child and went to her father’s residence. Later that day, the woman said Cole asked if he could go see the fireworks with her and the child, and she agreed as long as there was no arguing or fighting.

She told police when she arrived back at their home, Cole hit her in the face with a teddy bear and hit her while she was in the bathroom, putting her in a headlock and pushing her around, according to court documents.

After breaking free, the woman said she ran outside, but Cole grabbed her hair and dragged her around the yard, ripping her shirt and pushing her. She eventually got into her car, locked the doors and started blowing the horn until Cole left.

After completing his investigation, Hanlin forwarded the case to the prosecutor’s office for review and potential charges.

Cole was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown on a Jackson Circuit Court warrant at 9:37 p.m. Wednesday. He was being held without bond Thursday pending his initial hearing.

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