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UPDATE: Man arrested following standoff

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Matthew Aubrey
BOWLING GREEN -- A dangerous situation ended peacefully for law enforcement officials Thursday morning.

At approximately 12:10 p.m., officials arrested Matthew Alan Aubrey, 25, after he had allegedly barricaded himself in a home located near Bowling Green.

"He just gave up," Indiana State Police Public Information Office Sgt. Joe Watts said. "He voluntarily complied and came out."

Aubrey had barricaded himself in the home after allegedly shooting another man multiple times in the torso with a small caliber rifle and holding his estranged wife hostage for close to two hours.

The victim, identified as Frank Ford, 34, Terre Haute, had left the residence, located at 1976 North County Road 350 East, to a neighboring home, where he called 911.

Ford was later transported by AirEvac to Wishard Hospital, Indianapolis. According to Watts, Ford's injuries were not life threatening.

According to Watts, at 8:35 a.m., Aubrey entered the residence to find his estranged wife, Jayme Aubrey, 29, with Ford.

Following an altercation between the two men, Matthew allegedly shot Ford multiple times. Ford escaped the scene.

It was then when Aubrey barricaded himself in the home with his estranged wife.

Watts said law enforcement officials made contact with Aubrey and developed a "rapport" with him by telephone.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Jayme Aubrey vacated the home. She was uninjured.

Aubrey remained in the home for almost two more hours before coming out himself.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team negotiated Aubrey's surrender, although Watts said it was not a "continuous process."

"Victory to us means him coming out of the residence," Watts said. "We're very happy with the outcome."

Aubrey was later transported from the scene to the Clay County Justice Center. He was initially charged with Aggravated Battery (a class B felony), Battery with a Deadly Weapon (a class C felony) and Criminal Recklessness (a class D felony).

Aubrey's bond was set at $250,000.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may develop.

In addition to ISP and CCSD, other agencies assisting at the scene included Clay County Emergency Management Agency, representatives from the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, TransCare and AirEvac.

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I really wish the full detail of this story would have been released not just the part that gets attention.

First of all, I am a member of the family. I have spent countless hours today at Wishard hospital and at the scene of the crime.

I want to start off by saying Matt was what he wanted you to see and he is very good at manipulating people. He had our whole family fooled for years.

Jayme (the "estranged" wife) sought for divorce months back when she vacated Matt from the home. He has not lived there since. Matt has been threatening her life for 2 weeks now. Last friday, Jayme filed for an emergency restraining order after Matt ran her off the road, stole her keys and cell phone, and left her with 3 children alone in the middle of the night. She was told when she filed for the protective order that it would have to wait until after the holiday weekend.

Last night, the protective order was served to Matt in Jayme's driveway after the police were called to the residence for breaking and entering. Jayme was told that since they were married there was nothing to be done and the police went on their merry way. Before they left they took a statement from Jayme that read just a little more than "is he going to have to kill me before something is done?" After just 7 hours, Matt came back armed with a .22 rifle, climbed into the bedroom window and woke Jayme at gunpoint. You all "know" the rest of the story.

Now, make your conclusions since you have more of the story. Thank you for caring enough to read into this and I am glad that the agony that my family has endured has given you entertainment.

-- Posted by StephanieMroczek on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 10:05 PM

The media needs to get the story right Jayme and Matt have been seperated for a long time. When Jayme got the PO against Matt he went crazy. Hes a liar and is mentally crazy. Just last week he wrecked in to Jaymes car with her 3 kids in it. And all our police did is nothing, For weeks she has reported many incidents and nothing was done because their still legally married. Its sad that our county failed to protect her and Frank. Jayme did nothing wrong shes an honest, respected person. I hope and pray that Frank will have a full recovery from this. And I hope our police dept will take things more seriously when people report them. He should have been arrested 6 hrs prior when he violated the PO and not just warned.I hope justice is served. And wish Jayme and Frank the best from here on.

-- Posted by local resident on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 10:22 PM

Thank god it didn't turn out any worse!

-- Posted by tbdldam on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 10:42 PM

Is there some misconception that a protective order protects a person or that a restraining order restrains a person from doing something? Basically, if a person violates either one of these court orders, what they will be charged with is violating the order and, perhaps, "contempt of court" after the fact; meaning after someone got hurt or worse! While a Court may issue a protective order, the United States Supreme Court has ruled, at least twice, that the police have no "duty to protect" the citizen. The cases most cited are Lynch v. N.C. DOJ and Castle Rock v. Gonzales, United State Supreme Court, 2005. For right or wrong, that is the way that things stand.

I listened to the radio traffic on the scanner this morning. I prayed for the victim's safety. Hopefully, the shooter is locked up tight. Seeing that there are children, I hope that they didn't see all of this.

To those that wish for the government to protect the individual, my advice is to take legal steps to defend yourself and to stand ready to protect yourself. The government cannot protect you from your spouse until you are injured physically, your marriage license, a civil contract, bars them from interference in a civil matter. They can issue all of the orders possible, but the police do not enforce civil matters only the courts and only by appointment.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:59 AM

It is sad that this story ended the way it did! I am glad that everyone is safe and it is too bad that it takes a shooting to get the help you need. I know that it really stinks to be placed in a situation like this. I hate the word estranged wife because it makes you sound like you are such a horrible person. In fact there is a reason to be "estranged" and the proof is in this story and many others. Why would anyone want to be with someone that is crazy? If you are just crazy enough to shoot someone, hold someone hostage and keep police at bay then you are completely CRAZY!! Just think how much stuff this poor girl had to go through before this day. I can only imagine because I can so relate to this. My other question is while this was going on and knowing their children went to school not far from this situation, so why was that school not put on some kind of alert or lockdown even. To me nobody knows what might have happened so let's not only put their children at risk but everyone else's.

-- Posted by srdd on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 8:04 AM

Are you missing the point that he ran her off the road? Physically hit her car with his own and left her with 3 children. He wasn't charged with a hit an run, he wasn't even aprehended or pursued even.

By saying protect yourself, are you incinuating that she should have gotten a gun. I am sorry but where I come from two wrongs don't make a right.

As for the children, they were at school and a wonderful police officer did go to the school for their safety.

-- Posted by StephanieMroczek on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 9:10 AM

I just want to know how the hell this man doesn't get charged with attempted murder....I mean battery with a deadly weapon???????????? He didn't hit him with the gun. This is crazy and so sad, my heart goes out to the family and children involved.

-- Posted by jwilson4979 on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 10:17 AM

This is what probably should have happened:

Until a couple is legally divorced

a neither partner should be having a relationship with another person. And a person who knows that someone is not legally divorced should not be involved yet. In other words is is ADULTERY. 'If you break one of my commandments you break them all'.

Frank Ford got what he deserved. Is this the same Frank Ford that has been convicted 5 times for "Operating a Vehicle After Lifetime Suspension"

-- Posted by Taxpayer5253 on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 10:37 AM

I read this story a couple times.

1- He shot this man after a altercation with him.I dont see any marks on his mug shot that will implicate that. was it verbal or physical.if it was just verbal,then I think he should have been arrested for Attempted Murder,not Aggraved Battery.

2- the fact that he shot the victim multible times indicate,he wanted to kill the victim,another reason for Attemted murder and not Aggravated assault.

3- He held his wife against her will,why no kidnapping charges.

4. hr took the gun to the house,it wasnt there,thats intent to commit murder,not criminal recklessnes.

I just dont understand those charges at all.and with the statements by the other poster`s of him having ran his wife off the road,and even hit her car with his.(if this is true) then he should have been charged with hit and run, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The fact there were three kids in the car,says what type individual he was.

Now I question the Wife,what the hell was she out in the niddle of the night for him to do this,3 small children ( unless they are under 5) they have to get up to go to school.plus shacking with your boyfriend before getting a divorce isnt to cool either,makes some husbands mad.

I read a couple post that said the victim wasn`t a outsatanding person either.I wouls like to read more on this post

-- Posted by T-REX on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 11:15 AM

It takes time to get a gun permit as well as money to get the gun, which sh didn't have. She had the kids out after football practice that ended after dark. No one said that she has been commiting adultery however the reason for thier break-up is because Matt in fact was sleeping with multiple woman.

-- Posted by StephanieMroczek on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 11:50 AM

My heart goes out the the victim and the wife and her children and family. I live in Bowling Green and a fireman there and listen to the whole thing on the fire scanner and was amazed. My only questions is why the hell this person is not charged with attempted murder maybe someone there at the paper could expalain why this charges are the ones be charged. I mean this county is so messed up with the way they charge people just like the Lovette case. Are they goin screw this one up to and not properly charge a "gulity" man. Like they are charging a innocent one.

-- Posted by big dog fireman on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:18 PM

Other than an automatic weapon,permits are not required to purchase a firearm, and have in your residence. And permits are only required for handguns.

It appears there are some softies in the judicial system in Clay county. I can think of a few incidents and I'm sure that many others can to where an individual should have been charged with murder but have walked out pretty much free as a bird.

-- Posted by JustinH on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:48 PM

Almost every time some one has infringed on my rights,,,be it illegal burning,,,blasting of loud music all night long,,,yelling and screaming threats, and I called the ''Law''...I was told they are not doing anything illegal. Apparently, there is not much that Is illegal in Clay Co. except Not wearing a seat belt. Well, the right to bare arms becomes very important when You are forced to uphold the Law Yourself. It would be better If the police would do it, since That is their job. A lot of them don"t even know what the Law is, about a given thing. You shouldn't have to 'Quote them state law' and wait until they looked it up to verify it,,,before they move on a criminal act. Sorry boys, get a six-gun, learn the law and defend yourself when needed. It is Not like Someone else is going to do it For You. Not in Clay County.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 2:32 PM


I can't believe you would say that a person deserved to be shot. Especially after you quote one of the ten commandments. You are a contradiction. Even IF this person was technically committing adultery, did not someone say that our task was to love our neighbor as ourselves? Let's leave the judging to God and the courts. You might go talk to your pastor as well as I don't think you have gotten the message yet. Every one of us are guilty of something unless we're a new born babe. Talk about casting stones...Please think about what you said.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 2:40 PM

Quote: " maybe someone there at the paper could expalain why this charges are the ones be charged."

Your question would be better directed at the Clay County prosecutor.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 2:50 PM

Just so you know, this man has not yet been "formally" charged. These are the "preliminary" charges he was arrested on. The Clay County Prosecutor has three days from the date of arrest to file charges.

-- Posted by alias on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 3:10 PM

Funny thing is, Matt claimed they were back together just a week ago~ sounds like someone is playing head games. He was was very hurt when she "supposedly" slept with him and left to get "back at him".

However, I am in no way defending him, what he did was wrong, I do know him personally and he is very much a manipulator. Thank god, know one was killed! And I'm very much suprised at the fact that he is not getting charged with attempted murder!

-- Posted by mywords1 on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 3:11 PM

Its sad that it seems like people are judging Jayme. She not responsible for Matt actions they have been seperated for a long time. I know adultry is a conmament but the bible also says not to judge another. Again they were going threw a divorce. I think people need to keep her family in their prays and not judge her. Shes a well respected nurse in this county. Who has raised her 3 kids by herself and was able to put her self throgh school. And a taxpayer in this county who deserved to be protected married or not. It sad how the system works. This county needs to take things more serious.

-- Posted by local resident on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 5:03 PM

Thank you Stephanie for standing up for Jayme, we know she's not at fault! Also to the person that makes the suggestion that Jayme get a gun... that is a dumb idea. She has 3 kids and the gun would be useless, she would have to keep it locked up to keep her children safe from it and by time she was able to get to it to protect herself it may be to late. And to Taxpayer, you have no right to judge somebody until you've walked a mile in their shoes. Whether or not Jayme was committing adultery has nothing to with anything, besides it's an assumption, a conclusion everybody jumps to without knowing the facts. Who's to say she did not have a man staying there so she felt safe in her own home? She did not feel like she could protect herself or her children from this dangerous man so she had somebody there so she'd feel safe in her home. The law apparently failed her when she asked for help! To Mywords... do you not know matt very well or what? He is a liar and will say anything to TRY to make himself look like a better person. Jayme and Matt have apparently been seperated for a very long time and he could not accept it! inxsamy... I thank you for coming forward and revealing Matt for his true self, I know many other girls who have said the same thing about him, if only more of them had stated it on here then people would see his true colors and not only for what he let's one see! If anything, everything was Matt's fault not my cousins... she did NOT ask to be held hostage, she did not make him go crazy (regardless what he likes to have people think!) Everybody needs to know what they are actually talking about before they open their mouth!

-- Posted by qwertycandi on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 6:52 PM

What would be the point of her getting a gun? I mean, if this would have happened and she had a gun someone probably would have lost their life. If they were legally separated, who are all we to judge them for dating others? Divorces cost money and so do attorneys. From what I gather, they both had significant others. And they were in the process of a divorce, weren't they?

No matter what the situation is, nobody deserves to witness someone being shot repeatedly and then themself being held hostage. The man sounds like he lost his mind. I pray for the children, their mother, and the man that has been shot.

-- Posted by liarsalwaysgetcaught on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 7:21 PM

This is simply a case of domestic violence. Matt made the decision for Jayme to go one with her life which is what she was trying to do and then he changed his mind and figured if he couldnt have her, no one else would either. Been there, lived through it only to have my ex tell me he stalked me for 7 yrs after the divorce was final. Jayme will probably always live in fear for herself as well as her children if Matt gets out.

Thank God they are all okay atleast for today.

-- Posted by dbltrbl on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 7:33 PM

When I suggested that a "person stand ready to defend themselves", I did not suggest only getting a gun. There are other defensive measures that are available, such as pepper spray, tazers, stun guns. However, as the guy brought a gun, a firearm would have been my first choice but I already have them on hand.

Second, if children are old enough to be in Football, they are old enough to be taught gun safety.

I understand that some divorces can take a long time, I went through one that carried on for a couple of years. I don't see much chance for reconciliation in this case, just people waiting for the legal system to catch up to the decision that has been made. People often bring the Bible out to defend or object to things that are happening around them in our society without knowing the culture or the laws that the Bible was written into. A divorce in the era of the Old Testament, entailed a man returning his wife to her family, period. Divorce final.........LOL! No paperwork, no court, marriage over and dissolved. In this day and age, it takes a bit longer, is more involved, costs more money, and can cause a lot of grief in the time it takes between the decision being made and the paperwork being completed.

While the story states that the man was booked with preliminary charges and what charges he will face in court will be determined by the prosecutor, I see a lot of charges that could be made. According to comments, the man appears to have threatened the woman, repeatedly, with death or serious bodily harm. I had thought that "conveying a threat" was, in itself, a criminal act. Wasn't it last year that the FBI or state authorities became involved with a student because the student said something about the President?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 11:11 AM

THANK YOU Leo for bringing up that using the Bible literally is just not possible any more as it was written in a time where many absolute situations then are only parables now. We need to start studying the Bible along with knowing the history and culture of the time in which it was written so we will know of its context and be able to better apply it to today's society. So many still reading it at 4th grade level and taking it on face value. Remember people it was written by men who used their inspiration from God to be able to apply to their own time period in order for their society to function with the knowledge of their time as well. While it is still a good guide to follow, we must realize that to take every word literally is not possible either or we would still be stoning people and not wearing shirts of blended fabrics as those were banned too. Makes me wonder if the flax farmers and sheep herders had a feud going on at that time so wouldn't think of wearing linen and wool together or was it simply a fashion no no.

And to the self defense thing...Pepper spray the way to go...Even those long distance wasp spray cans work wonders on invader's eyes. You want to incapacitate, not kill. Put a wasp bomb on the night table next to your bed instead of a gun. But make sure you keep the lid off so you'll be ready. Most sane people really don't want to kill someone, even if what they are doing is wrong. They just want to protect themselves.

A big dog is big help too. Even a little dog will wake you up and warn you that trouble is on the way.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 1:04 PM

I will be interested in seeing how this one turns out. Very rarely do real crimes get suitable punishment in this county.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 8:21 AM

Way to go Leo and Jenny! Many people do not understand the Bible, but you said it very clearly.The Old Testament is what it is,people try to yurn it around to excuse their actions.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 8:31 AM

I now Matt was seeing other people because he was trying to get a friend of mine & her kids to move in with him

-- Posted by confused33 on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 9:24 AM

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