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Man facing multiple charges from crime spree

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A Crawfordsville man was arrested twice this week following two days of erratic behavior and multiple encounters with police.

Carlos Omar Sanchez, 30, of Crawfordsville faces charges of battery with a deadly weapon, theft, indecent exposure, possession of drug paraphernalia, residential entry and criminal mischief stemming from incidents that occurred Sunday and Monday. He also has been accused of the molestation of a young girl, court documents show.

Police first encountered Sanchez on Sunday while responding to a report of an illegal burn at his home in the 700 block of East Market Street.

“I responded twice to calls relating to behavior of (Sanchez),” CPD Officer Alfredo Villalpando said in a sworn statement. “On the first occasion, CPD officers responded to a complaint of an illegal burn ... and were asked to deal with a physical fight.”

In the statement, Villalpando said Sanchez was easily recognizable from past encounters as the “shirtless, bearded, tattooed man” carrying a box cutter. Sanchez was yelling angrily at Villalpando and CPD Officer Kevin Cornell, demanding they leave his property.

Sanchez was not arrested at that time. Later on Sunday, shortly after 1 p.m., Villalpando was called to a residence near that of Sanchez to translate for Cornell. The occupant of that residence told Villalpando he and several family members had visited the Sanchez residence earlier in the day and that he had been stabbed by “a guy” with tattoos and a beard. He showed officers a small laceration on his abdomen, documents state.

Also during that visit, Sanchez allegedly touched the niece of the stabbing victim. She later stated in writing that Sanchez “asked her where she was from then started fondling her legs” before putting a knife to the male victim’s side.

Sanchez was then confronted by officers in an alleyway adjacent to his residence and retreated into a nearby garage with a family member, CPD Chief Mike Norman said.

“Officers set up a perimeter around the garage,” Norman said. “Commands were given to Sanchez to come out of the garage, but he did not comply.”

Norman said the Montgomery County Multi-jurisdictional SWAT team was then activated. However, the team was disregarded a short time later when Sanchez’s family member exited the garage.

“Sanchez remained in the garage for a short period of time and eventually came out under his own power before SWAT arrived,” Norman said. There were no injuries to the suspect or officers.”

Sanchez was then arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a charge of battery with a deadly weapon.

Prior to the arrest, at a time not listed by court documents, Sanchez allegedly exposed himself to a Morgan Street resident and his daughter, who were sitting on their porch. Court documents state Sanchez allegedly urinated in front of the pair. They also told police they observed Sanchez urinating in their neighbor’s property as well.

Sanchez posted bond Monday morning, but would soon meet up with law enforcement.

CPD Officer Jared Manago encountered Sanchez at an apartment in the 300 block of Aspen Drive. Police had received reports of an individual throwing items from the rear balcony of a second-floor apartment.

“I went around to the back and observed items in the pond, ground,” Manago said in the sworn statement. “Items were broken and strewn about. I further looked at the balcony and observed a male go back inside and close and lock the door.”

Manago then knocked on the front door but there was no response.

The apartment owner was contacted and she advised police that she and children were not in the residence and that Sanchez did not have permission to be there.

After repeated attempts, Sanchez eventually opened the door and spoke with officers.

“Mr. Sanchez advised he had a key and when he bonded out, he came right here to see his girl,” Manago said in the affidavit. “He further advised he cleaned the apartment for her.”

Upon his second booking at the county jail in two days, a metal smoking device was located when Sanchez was changing into jail clothing.

Sanchez remains in the Montgomery County Jail where he is being held without bond.

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