In the early morning hours of March 21st, 2021 Deputies from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence approximately 3 miles east of Wheatfield, Indiana for a reported auto theft, according to The Sheriffs Office.
Upon the Deputies arrival they met with the victim who reported the following: The victim advised that they had allowed an individual identified as Matthew W. Anderson (36 years old) from Crown Point, Indiana over earlier in the evening to work on a vehicle. Early the next morning the victim awoke to find Matthew W. Anderson sitting in his vehicle still in their driveway. The victim advised that she went outside and had words with Matthew W. Anderson and at that time Matthew W. Anderson exited his vehicle and chased her back into the garage where Matthew W. Anderson attempted to strike her with a step ladder. The victim advised that she made it safely back into the residence.
The victim advised that she then heard a commotion outside, and something crash into their house. The victim advised that Matthew W. Anderson had gotten into one of their vehicles, struck another one of their vehicles and then crashed it into the residence. The victim advised that Matthew W. Anderson then got into another one of their vehicles and fled the scene, leaving his vehicle behind.
Later that same morning, Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office responded to a large structure fire approximately 8 ½ miles due north of Rensselaer, Indiana. This is where they located the earlier reported stolen vehicle and determined that it had been crashed into the side of the burning building. Matthew W. Anderson was at the scene and was taken into custody.
Matthew W. Anderson was transported to and incarcerated at the Jasper County Detention Center for the following charges:
• Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony)
• Criminal Mischief (Damage Between $750 & $50K)(Class A Misdemeanor)
• Unauthorized Entry of a Motor Vehicle (Class B Misdemeanor)
• Criminal Recklessness (Class B Misdemeanor)
Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.