Fishers man faces 17 different charges in kidnapping case

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Akeenen Anton Lamar Hunt, 34, Fishers

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Fishers man who ignored a protective order of a woman by kidnapping her earlier this month is now facing 17 different charges including felony kidnapping and rape.

Akeenen Anton Lamar Hunt, 34, 10617 Bella Vista Drive, is sitting in the Hancock County Jail where he’s been since his arrest Dec. 13.

Hunt has been charged with two different Level 2 felony counts of kidnapping while hijacking a vehicle, a Level 3 felony count of rape, a Level 4 felony count of burglary, 11 different Level 6 felony counts of kidnapping, along with charges of domestic battery, intimidation, confinement, leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury, criminal recklessness committed with a deadly weapon, domestic battery in violation of a no contact order, and two different misdemeanor charges.

Hunt made his initial appearance in Hancock County Circuit Court Wednesday, where judge Scott Sirk set a $100,000 cash bond subject to a no contact order and appointed a public defender.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 to a shopping center in the 1900 block of N. State Street to collect a cell phone that was located along with debris which appeared to be from a vehicle accident.

Officers discovered there was vehicle debris that left a trail from the front of Walmart, 1965 N. State Street, south to Bealls, 1659 Melody Lane, where officials found two heavily damaged vehicles. The debris scattered in the parking lots and roadways between Walmart and where the cars were located, more than a quarter mile away, appeared to match, officials said.

One vehicle, a white 2003 Mercury, had heavy damage to the front end and all around it, including a back wheel that was completely ripped off and lying across the road. The second vehicle, a gray 2021 Jeep Cherokee, had extensive damage all around it, officials said.

There was no one located in or around either vehicle and both vehicles were cold to the touch. Due to the time of day, officers were not immediately able to review any surveillance footage from any of the businesses in the area.

Officers later discovered a protection order was in place between the owners of each vehicle, the victim and Hunt, with the victim being protected. Officers spent the next several hours attempting to locate Hunt and the victim but were unable to find either.

Detectives later discovered surveillance video that appeared to show the victim in extreme danger, but they still had no idea where the two were.

Around 10 a.m. Dec. 13, a person called the Hancock County 911 Center claiming the victim contacted him and asked him to send the police to her residence. He didn’t know the exact address, so he drove to the area, found the address and called 911.

Officers quickly arrived in the area, in the 2300 block of Collins Way, and after knocking several times a female, the victim, opened the front door and gave the officers her name. The victim told officers a man was in her house, and she was quickly taken away to safety while other officers set up a perimeter around the house.

The man, later positively identified as Hunt, eventually came out of the front door and surrendered to officers. The victim was transported to a hospital for medical treatment.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim told officials she had been in a previous relationship with Hunt, but that he had strangled her until she lost consciousness. She said that he had been arrested and that a protective order had been put in place.

She noted that on the night of the incident she told Hunt she had moved to Texas, but Hunt found her and had broken into her home. According to the affidavit, when she saw him break in she ran out the back of the house and hid. After she saw him leave her home, she went back in and got into her vehicle where her backup cell phone was located. She decided to leave her home and seek help but after she drove away, Hunt hit her vehicle with his multiple times in several different places as she tried to escape.

According to the affidavit, the victim noted in the report she tried to run from Hunt, but was barefoot and has asthma and couldn’t get far. Hunt, she said, eventually caught her and punched her in the face multiple times. Hunt then took the woman to a nearby wooded area and hit her again. The woman told police she thought for certain she was going to be killed.

According to the affidavit, the two walked for a long while and arrived back at her home. The woman, police said, was in “survival mode” telling Hunt what she thought he wanted to hear and doing what he wanted to get Hunt to calm down. After a while he fell asleep, the affidavit said, and she reached out via text and a cell phone call to a friend for help.

A search of Hunt’s criminal records show he was arrested in June in Hamilton County where he was charged with cruelty to an animal, domestic battery, theft and strangulation. He’s slated to have a jury trial on those charges in February 2024.

Hunt is due back in court for a pretrial conference Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.