ARCADIA, Ind. (WISH) – The Arcadia Town Marshal has resigned following a robbery and attack on a World War II veteran. Monday, officials in Arcadia announced two men were arrested and charged for beating 94-year old Bud Moore.
The Town Marshal, William Hickrod, came under fire for how he handled the case. Critics said Hickrod didn’t didn’t collect evidence or call the Hamilton County’s sheriff’s department soon enough, and made inappropriate comments to Moore after responding to the call.
Moore’s grandson, Edwin, agreed that Hickrod should resign.
“He did not act as a professional law enforcement officer should,” said Edwin Moore.
“I’ve seen crime scenes before and I’ve dealt with crime scenes before. It was my call not to collect any evidence at that time,” said Hickrod.
We asked Hickrod if he made a mistake.
“Maybe I did make a mistake. I’m human. If anyone thinks that any police officer is not human then you need another thought about it,” said Hickrod.
The town council president says he has heard complaints from other people in the town.
“They just did not like his personality and the way he handled cases — not just this one. I think they’d be unhappy until he sees he’s gone,” said town council president Bill Cook.
William Hickrod told 24-Hour News 8 he will continue his duties through the end of the year to help train a new town marshal. The Arcadia Town Council will vote on whether to accept Hickrod’s resignation in a special town council meeting on Friday, October 25 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Arcadia Town Hall on West Main Street. Cook said he expects the council to approve the resignation.
Family and friends are holding a benefit for Moore. They hope to raise money to replace what was stolen, plus a little extra to thank him for his service. The benefit will be at the Eagles Lodge Hall on November 1st at 3 p.m. For more information click here.