A Brazil woman faces felony allegations of residential entry, battery and harassment stemming from an incident in early January.
According to case documents on file at the Clay County Courthouse, an arrest warrant was issued in Clay Circuit Court for Lori E. Caruso, 44, following an investigation by the Brazil City Police Department.
On Jan. 5, investigators allege Caruso intentionally broke into an undisclosed residence to shove/push an unidentified female victim in a rude, insolent or angry manner. There are also allegations that Caruso (in violation of Indiana Code 35-43-2-3(a)) used a cell phone to "harass, annoy or alarm" the female victim by sending text messages sometime during Jan. 5-7.
On Jan. 13, Caruso appeared in court for formal arraignment. She was formally charged with a class D felony residential entry, and two class B misdemeanor charges, including one for battery and another for harassment.
If convicted of the class D felony, the highest charge filed against Caruso at this time, it is punishable with up to six months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.
A no contact order was issued in the matter on behalf of the victim(s) and a cash bond was set at $7,000 (with 10 percent allowed).
Caruso later bonded out to await further court proceedings in the matter.
Further information was unavailable as of press time.