PRINCETON — A captain with the Princeton Fire Territory has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending completion of a case against him in Gibson County Superior Court.
Troy A. Moody, 54, of Hazleton, was arrested Oct. 3 after allegedly attempting to break into the home of a woman he was in a relationship with.
According to the affidavit of probable cause compiled by Indiana State Police Trooper James H. Manning, he arrived on scene to assist with a residential entry call being handled by the Princeton Police Department.
A call came in reporting a man, later identified as Moody, attempting to force his way into a residence on Lincoln Avenue in Princeton. When Princeton Police Officer Jason Swan arrived on scene he found an open door into the kitchen area and could hear a male yelling as he approached.
The affidavit states Swan found Moody and the female resident in the living room. She told officers she was in a relationship with Moody and they had been fighting that day, after which she sent a message telling him she was locking her doors and going to sleep.
The woman told Swan that Moody arrived to her residence shortly after yelling, cursing and attempting to enter her home. At that point she said he forced his way in and continued to yell at her.
While speaking with officers, Moody said he denied kicking the door but did admit to “jimmying” the door, according to the affidavit.
ISP Trooper Manning then spoke to the female resident, who said she and Moody had been together since February and he had gotten mad at her several times since then. In the affidavit, Manning writes the woman said she doesn’t usually locked her doors but she was afraid of Moody.
Manning states in the affidavit he found a screw on the floor near the point of entry that looked to have come from the door handle face plate. He also saw two dents on the lower portion of the door’s exterior and what appeared to be a partial shoe print.
According to the affidavit, Moody said the two had been in argument earlier in the day and that evening he came to get “egg whites and salad stuff” from the home. He arrived to find the doors locked and started beating on the door.
He then stated he located a tool on the ground and used it to “jimmy” the door. The tool was later located on the kitchen floor several feet from the door, according to the affidavit.
Both involved parties provided a voluntary written statement. Law enforcement was also given consent to search the kitchen.
Moody was trespass warned from the property.
He was booked into the Gibson County Jail on a charge of Level 6 Felony residential entry Oct. 3 and bonded out the same day.
During a special meeting Thursday evening, the Princeton Fire Territory Board voted to place Moody on unpaid administrative leave contingent on the outcome of the criminal trial. The unpaid leave will begin following the five days of paid suspension Moody was currently serving.