Bicyclist picked up after evading police
Members of the Brazil Police Department recently spent two days trying to track down a man on a bicycle causing a ruckus around Brazil after being released on his own recognizance by the Vigo County Superior Court Division 4 on Aug. 13.
Joseph Addison Greene, 35, was finally taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 23rd near Oak Street off Forest Avenue. In violation of an established protective order, he was arrested for allegedly threatening, attacking and subsequently chasing an underage child who was frantically calling 911 Dispatch Center for help a couple of hours earlier.
However, officials say Greene had been such a nuisance and doing so many strange things that multiple citizens in the community were calling to report his terrible behavior over the prior two days.
“Greene had become such a nuisance during Aug. 22nd and 23rd that the community rallied to report his erratic behavior,” said BPD Det. Joshua Lynch, confirming throughout the month of August there have been numerous calls as a direct result of the alarming and tumultuous behavior of Greene. “At one point on the 22nd, there were 14 documented calls for service associated with Joe Greene. The public at large started to take notice of it, and they took charge in reporting the incidents.”
Numerous reports of Greene unreasonably yelling at people, punching vehicles and mailboxes, scaring employees and customers at a gas station, trespassing and kicking in the door of a local residence have been logged by the department.
Lynch said Greene’s actions have not only unduly tied up public safety resources during the past month, but numerous residents and families in the community are concerned by his behavior.
Other allegations of Greene’s strange behavior on Aug. 22 include threatening people with broad-head arrows, making threats to kill something, and going into areas where young children were playing outside and claiming to be a child molester while inappropriately touching himself.
During each incident, Greene was able to avoid a search to find him by local authorities.
On Aug. 23, Greene allegedly went to a house in violation of a protective order to unsuccessfully force an underage child to steal a bike for him. Later, the residents at another home captured video evidence shortly before 7 p.m. of Greene taking two bicycles - one blue/silver and the other one orange - from their porch.
Greene was still able to avoid officers looking for him.
A few hours later the Clay County 911 Dispatch Center received a frantic call from another underage child notifying law enforcement of Greene’s location. The child said Greene confronted the child and a friend on a public street twice and threatened to hurt them if they told the police.
“Obviously he was creating such a nuisance that people across town became legitimately scared for their’s, and their children’s’ safety,” Lynch said. “He was obviously harassing people and children outside playing. We had multiple officers out there looking for him.”
On Aug. 7, Greene was one of three suspicious males inside a parked vehicle at Wendy’s restaurant acting oddly and appeared to be hitting their heads against the windows. During a welfare check into their condition, officers determined Greene was wanted on a failure to appear warrant out of Vigo County for two felony charges of Domestic Battery in front of a child less than 16 years old and Domestic Battery with a prior conviction and a misdemeanor Domestic Battery from a case originating in 2017.
Greene was taken into custody and transported back to Vigo County.
Greene appeared in Vigo County Superior Court on the 8th and again on the 13th, and both times court documents show he was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. After requesting the court that he be released on his own recognizance, Greene was released from custody on the following terms of release: He abides all local, state and federal laws; be present for all court hearings; keep the Court informed of a current address and appear in court on Nov. 5, at 1:30 p.m. for a Review Hearing.
Lynch said officers know that Greene frequently is in the Brazil area, but it is not clear if he has an established legal residence anywhere.
Served with three different cases by the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office during the month of August, Greene now faces the following charges, which include:
Misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the Aug. 7th incident at Wendy’s,
Misdemeanor criminal trespass on Aug. 22, and
Felony battery on a person less than 14 years old and misdemeanor charges of theft, invasion of privacy, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct on Aug. 23.
Several no-contact orders were ordered in the three cases and Greene is currently incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center on two bonds totaling $12,000 with no 10 percent allowed awaiting further court proceedings in both Clay and Vigo counties.
“Our residents shouldn’t be afraid to walk outside or let their children go outside to play, but Brazil has become that due to a select few individuals,” said Lynch. “(Greene) has definitely become a concern in the community.”