RUSHVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A man and a woman in Rushville have both been arrested following a break-in and house fire.
20-year-old Caleb Theobold-Posz and 21-year-old Haley Ernstes are behind bars, preliminary charged with multiple offenses each.
The Rushville Police Department said officers responded to call of a woman saying a man with a gun was trying to break into her home in the 900 block of West 3rd Street.
When officers arrived, the man, identified as Theobold-Posz, was inside the home in the attic.
Investigators said at least one child was in the residence at the time of the incident, but was removed safely.
Court documents say that a fire then broke out in the attic. In an interview, Theobold-Posz said he was chainsmoking and accidentally started the fire.
Theobold-Posz said that he and Ernstes were in a relationship after he had met her at a party at her house. He said that he stayed that night and never left.
Theobold-Posz described him and Ernstes being up for the past five or six days smoking meth. He said when he finally fell asleep on her porch, he woke up to her yelling at him. That’s where the incident began. Theobold-Posz said Ernstes was striking him, so he pushed her away and took his car keys with the intention of leaving.
He said Ernstes talked him into returning, but that she then locked him out. He tried climbing in a window and officers arrived shortly thereafter.
During his interview with police, investigators said a small baggie of meth fell out of Theobold-Posz’s gym shorts. He also described flushing some drugs down a toilet and attempting to hide a gun. He said he was “freaking out” because he was “doped out.”
Officers also took statements from Ernstes, stating that she didn’t really know Theobold-Posz and that he had only been at her house one other time before being found on her porch. A neighbor that police talked to refuted that, saying Theobold-Posz had been at the house a minimum of two weeks.
Theobold-Posz now faces preliminary charges of possession of meth, obstruction of justice, residential entry, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, battery, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement.
Ernstes faces preliminary charges of battery, possession of meth, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent.