YORKTOWN — The brother of a suspended Yorktown police officer has been charged in connection with an alleged drug-fueled disturbance that led police to discover he had fraudulently used his brother’s driver’s license to sell items that he had stolen from another person’s home.
Brandon M. Barnard’s arrest came a day after Yorktown City Council voted to suspend Constable Blake Barnard after finding he had failed to charge his other brother, Brayden J. Barnard, in connection to a suspected residential burglary last November.
Police were called at around 3.30pm on March 30 to the Animal Medical Center at 7901 West Kilgore Avenue for a welfare check after receiving reports that a man, later identified as Brandon Barnard, was walking down the street with his torso naked, swinging his shirt and acting strangely. , according to a probable cause affidavit.
When an officer arrived, he saw an off-duty Blake Barnard detain Brandon Barnard.
The officer believed Brandon Barnard was under the influence of a narcotic because he couldn’t sit still, had no sense when he spoke and kept sticking out his tongue, according to the affidavit.
Police discovered that Brandon Barnard was in possession of an old driver’s license belonging to Constable Blake Barnard and a ticket to a Muncie pawn shop. Brandon Barnard was then taken to a local hospital.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office then took over the investigation, in which they were assisted by the Indiana State Police.
The investigation found that Brandon Barnard had pawned a weed eater two days earlier – who police say he stole from his brother’s neighbor – and used his brother’s old license as a lien, according to the affidavit.
The investigation also revealed that Brandon Barnard allegedly used drugs at his brother’s home. Suspicions of heroin, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.
Security cameras captured Brandon Barnard taking and returning his brother’s Jeep earlier today without permission and without his knowledge.
Police later discovered that one of Blake Barnard’s neighbors had a weed killer and leaf blower stolen. They were later confirmed to be the ones Brandon Barnard is believed to have pawned, according to the affidavit.
Brandon Barnard is charged with one count each of intent to defraud, impersonation, possession of a narcotic and one misdemeanor count each of conversion, theft, public intoxication and possession of accessories.
Brandon Barnard’s bond has been set at $23,000.
A first court appearance has not yet been scheduled on his behalf.
Yorktown City Manager Pete Olson and City Marshal Shane Ginnan confirmed to WRTV that Blake Barnard was suspended from police duty when he helped detain his brother.
Blake Barnard, a 10-year veteran of the Yorktown Police Department, has been suspended for six months without pay over allegations he tried to cover for his brother Brayden Barnard when he found him involved in a suspected burglary in class on November 7, 2021, in the 1400 block of South Colony Drive.
A charging document alleges Blake Barnard recorded no damage to property and took no witness or victim statements or incident reports.
The city council voted to suspend Barnard despite Ginnan’s recommendation to fire him.
Brayden Barnard was charged in February with two counts of entering a residence and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.
It’s unclear how Blake Barnard might have detained his brother during his suspension and whether his detention was considered a citizen’s arrest.
“I wouldn’t consider that a citizen’s arrest. He may have helped detain him,” Ginnan said.
Delaware County Attorney Eric Hoffman said, “In the probable cause affidavit, when he says he was off duty, it just means he was off duty as than a policeman.”
WRTV has contacted the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office for comment.