James Brian Chadwell is a Lafayette, Indiana, man who is accused of attempted murder after police found an injured, missing 10-year-old girl in his basement.
He is 42 years old as of 2021, however his date of birth is not yet known.
To be updated.
Details regarding his education are not yet available.
He described himself as single on his Facebook post.
Not yet established.
He wrote that he was a “Welder-Fabricator at Wabash National”.
Investigations of the the notorious unsolved murders of Delphi teens Abigail Williams and Liberty German.
Authorities in nearby Delphi – only 15 miles away – are investigating him as a possible suspect in the notorious unsolved murders of Delphi teens Abigail Williams and Liberty German.
Abby and Libby were murdered after going for a hike near an old bridge in February 2017. They were discovered near the Monon High Bridge Trail, which is part of the Delphi Historic Trails. Authorities have released two crime scene sketches of a possible suspect, one in which he looks far younger than the other. They also released Snapchat video and audio from Libby’s phone of a man walking on a bridge toward the girls before they were killed. Libby had captured audio of his voice saying, “Down the hill.” How exactly they died has not been released by authorities. Throughout the years, other people have been investigated as suspects with nothing coming of it.
The Affidavit Accuses Chadwell of Choking & Sexually Assaulting a Girl He Kept in His Basement
The probable cause affidavit says that a missing child was “subsequently located in the residence of James Chadwell on Park Avenue in Lafayette, Indiana.”
On April 19, 2021, officers were dispatched regarding a missing child report near Park Avenue in Lafayette, Indiana. Officers took a report that a female child approximately 10-years-old had left her residence at about 6:30 p.m. and could not be found. While officers were searching the neighborhood, they made contact with James Chadwell, who told officers the girl had been at his residence earlier but had left.
After being unable to locate the child, officers returned to Chadwell’s residence and asked him for permission to check his residence. He allowed them in and the officers checked the basement, which was secured with a chain lock.
In the basement, an officer “found a young girl who was visibly distraught and crying, with her clothing on the floor beside her.” She was identified as the girl and said Chadwell tried to kill her. She was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.
The girl described going into Chadwell’s residence and petting his dogs. While inside the home, Chadwell attacked her, she said.
The girl said Chadwell “hit her in the head multiple times because she was fighting back. Victim 1 said Chadwell was also choking her with his hands on her neck and also using his arm in a headlock, to the point where she passed out. Victim 1 said most of her clothes were off when she regained consciousness and Chadwell took her into the basement.”
He attempted to have sexual intercourse with her and then made her perform oral sex on him, the affidavit alleges. At one point, Chadwell got dressed to go answer the door and then the police found her, it says. Across her neck were lateral strangulation marks. She had broken blood vessels with black eyes, bruising to her head, arms and legs, and bite marks, according to the court document.
Court records show that Chadwell faces the following charges: Attempted Murder Attempted intentional killing of another; Child Molesting where def. is at least 21 years of age; Child Molesting where def. is at least 21 years of age; Kidnapping where victim is less than 14 years of age; Criminal Confinement resulting in serious bodily injury; Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury; and Strangulation.
Chadwell Has a Lengthy, Assaultive Criminal History in Indiana & South Dakota
The probable cause affidavit says that Chadwell has an extensive criminal history. He was convicted of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a felony, in Miami County.
He was convicted in 2000 in Pennington County, South Dakota of assault-aggravated, a felony, and was convicted of stolen property. He was convicted in U.S. District Court, South Dakota of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a felony, in 2001. He was convicted in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, of assault-aggravated, a felony, in 2003.
He was convicted in Cass County, Indiana for receiving stolen property, a felony, on June 9, 2016. He was convicted of OWI with a prior, a felony and resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor, in February 2020 in Miami County. In October 2020, he was convicted of criminal trespass and criminal mischief and was still on probation. He was convicted of criminal trespass and was wanted on warrants.
Court records show that when he was convicted of criminal trespassing in 2020, a charge of public intoxication was dismissed. He received a 90-day jail sentence.
Court records also show he used to live in Peru, Indiana. His father filed a notice of claim to evict him from that address in 2020.
In 2020, when he was convicted of resisting law enforcement, he received a 124 day jail term. A theft charge was dismissed. His probation was revoked. In 2020, he was also convicted of drunk driving with a prior conviction and resisting law enforcement. A charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated – endangering a person was dismissed. He received 365 days in jail. That was a felony case.
He had an ongoing court case in 2017 for receiving stolen property and probation violation, but no hearings in February 2017. However, there were hearings in that case in the months after that time frame. At that time, his address was given as Kokomo, Indiana. That’s about 34 miles from Delphi. He was sentenced in June 2016. In August 2016, he allegedly violated probation. In November 2016, he was taken to jail and held without bond, but a few days later, the state and probation officer agreed “to an OR release of the defendant from the CCJ.” A hearing was scheduled for April 2017 in the case.
The Delphi murders occurred in February 2017.
He was found guilty of battery resulting in bodily injury in 2000 and criminal recklessness resulting in serious injury. Charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and battery resulting in serious bodily injury were dismissed. He was accused of violating probation.
In a chilling TikTok video recorded on April 18, Chadwell said, “So to all you little kids out there…my nose doesn’t look like this because I cut myself shaving. If you want some, come get some. Quit preying on the little people. There’s more than enough to go around. Come find me or I will find you.” He had an injury to his nose in the video.
On April 18, Chadwell recorded a TikTok video in which he said, “All you chicks on Tiktok trying to sling your booty or sling your taco, whatever you’re trying to do, you need to wrap that sh** up. It ain’t working…we got porn hub for that sh**. We don’t need your little extras, so take that sh** somewhere else. We’re looking for a real woman. Over age of 30. And confident. And you know who you are.”
That was the day before the girl was reported missing in Lafayette.
|Home City||La Follette, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Current City||Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.|