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Man accused of abusive and intimidating behavior appears in court

 Jarrod Cornelius

Jarrod Cornelius

When a Bloomfield man appeared in Greene Superior Court Thursday, he was charged with criminal confinement, a Level 6 felony, residential entry involving breaking and entering a dwelling, also a Level 6 felony, and domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor.

Jarrod Kenneth Cornelius, 23, was arrested on Friday, June 1, following an incident in Bloomfield in the early morning hours that resulted in several officers responding.

Around 12:30 a.m., the first three officers were dispatched – Lt. Marvin Holt, a deputy marshal with the Bloomfield Police Department, BPD Deputy Marshal Jordan Allor, and Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Goad. GCSD Deputies Bobby Pierce and Heather Wood later responded as well.

A caller had told dispatch that she had been pushed numerous times, prevented from leaving her home to get to a safe place, intimidated and placed in fear for her life by Cornelius.

In a probable cause affidavit, the lead investigating officer in this case, Lt. Holt, detailed interviews and events that occurred from the time of dispatch until Cornelius was booked into the Greene County Jail at 4:14 a.m.

The alleged victim said she had been working on a computer taking a class online when Cornelius started an argument. She said when she got up, he pushed her down several times. He blocked the doorway when she tried to leave the house then broke her phone.

She explained how the situation and his behavior escalated, saying at one point when she was made to sit in a dark room, he shouted “Stay” to her like he was talking to a dog.

The victim described more physical and verbal behavior that became more intimidating but she did get an opportunity to get out of the door. She made her way to a neighbor’s house and that is where officers first spoke to her.

While officers were at the neighbor’s house, the resident owner told officers that the victim had crawled to his house due to a disabled condition caused by a previous car accident. When she got to his front door and knocked, he let her in.

Not long after, according to the neighbor and the victim, Cornelius was knocking on the neighbor’s door. They did not respond, but Cornelius opened the door and entered, then threatened the neighbor. Cornelius was told to leave, and he did.

Officers tried to make contact with Cornelius but were unsuccessful right away. Later when one saw him outside his residence getting into a vehicle, the five officers all returned to his house. When an officer headed to the door, Cornelius came out of some bushes near the entrance to his house. He was handcuffed and taken to jail.

Bond was set at $10,000 surety with ten percent allowed. Cornelius posted $1,000 cash and was released from custody later the same day.

Cornelius was ordered to have no contact with the victim in this case. However, Lt. Holt noted that despite the explanation of no-contact protocol by jail personnel, Cornelius has attempted to contact the victim by cell phone and an online program since his release from jail.