SEYMOUR – On Friday, Seymour Police Department Communications received a report that a missing 24-year-old female from Edinburgh, could possibly be in the Seymour area.
The victim was last known to be giving a ride to a female from Seymour, to get a change of clothing.
While checking the area around Stevens Way, patrol officers were approached by the brother of the victim.
The brother told patrol officers that the suspect had pulled a knife on him and jumped into a nearby truck.
Officers approached the vehicle the suspect was in and had her exit the vehicle.
The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Sylvia Terry of Seymour. The victim told patrol officers that Terry asked for a ride to Seymour.
While being taken to Seymour, Terry took the victim’s mobile phone and threw it out the window.
Terry then directed the victim to drive to the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge where Terry pulled out a knife and instructed the victim to exit the vehicle. After about 30 minutes, Terry instructed the victim to get back in the vehicle and drive to the Circle K on Stevens Way.
Once at the Circle K, the victim stated they sat stationary for about 2 hours. The victim stated that she did not reach out for help because of Terry’s erratic behavior and fear.
After being in the vehicle for 2 hours, the family of the victim showed up and the victim was able to get away from Terry.
Terry then attempted to enter a vehicle belonging to one of the victim’s relatives. After being unable to do so, Terry got back into the victim’s vehicle and brandished the knife again.
At this point, one of the victim’s family members began yelling for help. Terry exited the vehicle and entered another vehicle that was at the location.
Seymour officers made contact with Terry and took her into custody.
A knife was also located in the vehicle Terry entered. Sylvia Terry was arrested on charges of kidnapping a level 3 felony, criminal confinement a level 6 felony, criminal recklessness a level 6 felony, and theft a class misdemeanor.
Terry was taken to the Jackson County Jail where she was remanded into the custody of the jail staff.