Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 29, 2013

Homeless woman arrested for alleged break-in and assault

Tess Rowing
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Deborah Washburn, 49, was arrested Saturday on two counts of forceful residential entry, class “D” felonies, and battery, a class “A” misdemeanor.

According to police reports, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) received a call from Brad Robertson that there was a disoriented woman in his home who appeared to have been in a fight.

When DCSD responded, the officer found Deborah Washburn sitting on the living room floor of Robertson’s house. Police reports described Washburn as foul-smelling and covered with dried dirt, and had white powdery residue on her lips.

The DCSD officer asked Washburn several times where she lived, and she initially responded that she did not know. She eventually said she was staying with “Lori,” but did not know where she lived.

When the DCSD officer asked what was going on, Washburn allegedly responded that she was homeless and looking for a place to stay for the night.

After EMS was called to evaluate Washburn, Robertson is reported to have provided a written statement that when he returned home that night his dog had been upset and there had been a woman standing in his trailer. Washburn had not had permission to enter. Robertson allegedly attempted to speak to Washburn, but she would only respond “I don’t know.”

Police reports say the DCSD officer received a call from dispatch advising that another man had been assaulted after a break in.

The victim reported that he had been sleeping in his living room when he heard movement. Thinking the noise was from his wife, he began to speak to the woman who would only respond “I don’t know.”

Thinking the response to be odd, the victim attempted to light a lighter and was immediately attacked by Washburn, and received scratches to his face, of which there are photographic evidence.

The victim forced Washburn out of his home, consequently making her leave behind a bag and a number of articles which also included identifying information with Washburn’s name.

After being evaluated by EMS, Washburn was arrested and incarcerated without further incidence.

She has a criminal history dating to 2001 with 28 prior convictions, largely consisting counts of public intoxication.

Washburn is currently being held on a $755 cash bond.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004