Nervous grandparents locked in home by teen to protest discipline

Grandfather said teen locked them up for half hour

INDIANAPOLIS - A west Indianapolis teenager has been booked on felony confinement charges, accused of locking both his grandparents in their home to protest their discipline.

Police arrested the 14-year-old boy on felony charges of criminal confinement and criminal mischief in the neighborhood off West Washington Street and Taft Street after 6 p.m. on Sunday.

“We were frustrated, but it could have been fearful with the right set of circumstances,” said the boy’s grandfather, adding that a fire or other emergency could have turned the ordeal into a desperate situation for him and his wife.

“Kids misbehave, so you tighten the screws a little bit,” said the grandfather, 57, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said the teen wanted to get his own way, but “I wasn’t raised that way.”

Police were called to the family home Sunday evening while the grandparents were still locked inside the  home, and officers found the deadbolt locks bent and wedged so that they were unable to exit from the front or the back doors.

The grandfather said he called police out of frustration after being locked in the home for about 30 minutes. 

“You have to do what you have to do, especially when it comes to our safety,” he said.

While locked inside the home, he said the boy told him, “Now you know how it feels.”

When police arrived, officers wrote in their report that the child admitted to forcing the locks closed on both doors, saying, “I’m going to lock them in since they lock me in.”

The grandparents said they were unable to get out of the house until police arrived and helped to open the doors on the house.

“It has to do with discipline, him not getting his way,” the grandfather said.

He said the child has had behavioral problems in the past and has undergone counseling. He said he’s afraid the boy is headed toward a life of being in and out of incarceration, and he was hoping that this weekend’s episode would stop the downward spiral.

The child remained in juvenile detention on Monday, with a court appearance set in juvenile court later in the week.

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