A Huntingburg woman has now been placed into custody and has been charged with the same offenses as her husband, a Huntingburg dentist, who was arrested Wednesday on felony counts of Criminal Confinement and Neglect of a Dependent after they both were accused of holding a child in a bedroom closet that authorities say was converted into a lockable cage.
It all began just after 10:30 Wednesday morning when deputies with the Dubois County Sheriffs Department were called to a home along the 5200 block of West County Road 700 South in Huntingburg to a report of a juvenile that was out of control.
Responding officers made contact with the juvenile and say after speaking briefly deputies requested assistance from the Dubois County offices of Family and Child services.
Police say an Interview was conducted with the juvenile with the assistance of the Dubois County Prosecutors office. Eventually a search warrant was sought and granted from the Dubois County Circuit Court.
Around 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon the search warrant was executed at the West County Road 700 South address.
Deputies say while executing the warrant 24-year old Kenneth Le Fevre showed up at the home.
Le Fevre told investigating officers that he was renting a room at the residence.
Deputies say Le Fevre became difficult to deal with and disruptive during the execution of the search warrant and was asked to leave the property in which he refused. They say he had to by physically removed by Deputies from inside the residence.
He was given multiple opportunities to leave or face arrest but continued to refuse to leave the property causing the scene to become very chaotic.
Le Fevre was taken into custody for resisting law enforcement and taken from the residence to the Dubois County Security Center and the search was able to resume.
Le Fevre was arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement a Class A Misdemeanor.
He is currently being held on a $500 bond.
Meanwhile authorities say the completion of the interview with the juvenile resulted in the father 57-year old Alan Friz of Huntingburg be taken into custody while the investigation continued.
Troopers with the Indiana State Police were requested to assist deputies with their search.
Authorities say during a search of the residence a closet area of a bedroom was found to have been converted into a lockable cage where the juvenile was kept for extended periods of time.
Deputies were told that the juvenile was locked inside the closet cage during the overnight hours and possibly at other times.
Alan Friz was arrested and charged with a Level 6 Felony count of Criminal Confinement and a Level 5 Felony count of Neglect of a Dependent.
He was being held without bond pending a Thursday court appearance in Dubois Circuit Court.
Now at around 1 o’clock this afternoon, officers with the Dubois County Sheriffs Department were transporting Alan Friz to court for that appearance.
They say it was at that time the investigating officer for the case noticed his wife 36-year old Aimee Friz was present outside the courthouse.
She was arrested on the same charges as Alan Friz had been arrested for on Wednesday.
She was immediately taken to Dubois Circuit Court for an appearance before being lodged in the Dubois County Security Center.