HENRY COUNTY, Ind. — A New Castle man was arrested after police said he broke into an elderly man’s home and attacked him.

New Castle police were called to a home on Grand Avenue around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

An elderly man had been assaulted by an intruder who forced his way in through the back door, said investigators. The man was taken to a Muncie hospital. He is still in stable condition there as of Friday.

Derek Wethington

Police said they found the suspected intruder when doing a search of the area. Derek Wethington, 37, of New Castle was found on nearby A Avenue. Investigators said Wethington was injured when he resisted arrest and assaulted officers.

He was treated at the hospital before he was booked for the following:

  • burglary resulting in serious bodily injury
  • aggravated battery resulting in serious bodily injury
  • resisting law enforcement
  • battery on law enforcement officer
  • trespass
  • criminal mischief

The victim’s spouse was also in the home at the time of the attack but was not hurt.