Burglary Case Against Centralia Man Dismissed; 2 Other Cases Still Pending

Burglary Case Against Centralia Man Dismissed; 2 Other Cases Still Pending

The Class 2 felony burglary case against a 38-year-old Centralia man has been dismissed in Marion County Court while two other cases against him remain pending.

Brian Hartnell was arrested in June when Centralia police allegedly broke up a burglary in progress to a shed in the 1100 block of North Elm Street in Centralia.

According to police reports, they were called when someone noticed a light from a flashlight moving around inside the shed.

When officers with CPD and Central City arrived, they reportedly found 24-year-old Nathan Hale, also of Centralia, sitting in a van owned by Hartnell who had run up on the porch of the home where he was banging on the door.

The owner of the shed confirmed to police the lock on the shed had been damaged and items from inside were missing. Most of those items were reportedly found inside Hartnell’s van. Hale pleaded guilty last week to Class 2 felony burglary for his role in the incident.

Hartnell was then charged later in June in an unrelated case with Class 4 felony criminal damage to property, which is still pending.

More recently Hartnell was arrested when a bleeding woman jumped from his moving van after she spotted a Centralia police officer on patrol.

The woman was reportedly bleeding from the face and told the officer that Hartnell had punched her in the face multiple times, choked her, and threatened to kill her.

She had reportedly been walking to Wamac and accepted a ride from Hartnell. She told police that Hartnell became angry when she wouldn’t help unload a van and trailer.

Hartnell; however, told police he struck the woman to prevent her from taking his van. A Class 3 felony charge of aggravated battery stemming from that arrest is also still pending.

Hartnell’s $2,000 bail from the burglary case was transferred to his criminal damage case but he remained in the Marion County Jail Thursday night. He’s next scheduled to appear November 16 on the two pending cases.