Man Arrested After Barricading Self in Sewer Near IU Campus

A man is in custody after barricading himself in a sewer near Indiana University’s Bloomington campus and threatening to shoot police.

Police began their investigation around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.

It wasn’t until 5 p.m. that the suspect was pulled from the sewer and arrested.

37-year-old Eli Swartzentruber, a transient, was allegedly armed with a rifle, however no rifle was found.

Police say he earlier had thrown a hatchet at some people in a park.

He was arrested for Attempted Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Intimidation.

Police say Swartzentruber had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Daviess County for a felony charge of Battery Against a Public Safety Official.

Further, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was actively attempting to locate him, as they had developed probable cause for his arrest for several felony charges as a result of an incident that he was alleged to have been involved in earlier Tuesday morning.