By Dave Pearce
A Mount Vernon, Ind., police officers responding to a burglary complaint at Green Valley Apartment Complex Wednesday night found an elderly woman in her apartment with injuries to the back of her head and throat.
According to Mount Vernon Police Chief Grant Beloat, on August 29, 2012, at 9:54 p.m. Mount Vernon Police were notified of a burglary complaint at Green Valley Apartment Complex apartment 41. Officers responded and found a back window to the apartment open and could hear a dog inside barking. The apartment was the home of 70-year-old Frances Jarvis. Officers made entry into the apartment after Mrs. Jarvis’s son came to the scene with a key to the apartment. Officers located Mrs. Jarvis inside the apartment with a laceration to the back of her head and bruising around her throat.
Jarvis was transported to the hospital for medical attention. Statements were taken from witnesses at the scene and other evidence was collected through the crime scene investigation.
Their investigation led them to arrest Christopher S. Jolley, 28, on preliminary charges of attempted murder, burglary resulting in injury and aggravated battery.
Jolley of 1000 O’Donnell Road was established as a suspect, located in the Green Valley Apartment complex and taken to the Posey County Jail to be interviewed.
There, according to a police statement, he admitted to breaking into Jarvis’s apartment and attempting to steal prescription medication that he believed was inside. Police reported he admitted to pushing Jarvis down, causing her to strike her head. He also told detectives that he had choked and attempted to suffocate Jarvis so she would not make any noise.
Jarvis was transported to a hospital, treated for her injuries and released.
This is the case being worked by Mount Vernon City Police with the assistance of Sheriff’s Detective Tom Latham. Jolley is lodged in the Posey County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond only, charged with Attempted Murder from an incident where he broke into an Elderly Woman’s apartment and accosted her.
The Posey County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police assisted in the investigation.