SUBJECT: Armed Robbery at Alpine Apartments Leads to Three Arrests
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-064
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
On Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10:32pm the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Alpine Apartments at 6011 New Harmony Road in reference to an armed robbery in progress.
Upon arrival the responding sheriff’s deputies made contact with the victim, who reported having been robbed at gunpoint. The victim reported that he invited Latavius Chambers, Kelly Happe and Kenneth Gain (later identified as Kenneth Ward) over to his apartment. The victim explained they were “drinking, smoking, and having a good time.” The victim claimed that Mr. Ward suddenly produced a handgun and pointed it at him.
The victim explained that Mr. Ward demanded his phone and TV and threatened to kill him. Mr. Happe and Mr. Chambers allegedly assisted Mr. Ward carry out electronics from the apartment. The group then fled in Mr. Ward’s vehicle.
Mr. Chambers was located later that evening after calling a friend of the victim and expressing a desire to speak to the investigating sheriff’s deputy. Mr. Chambers was interviewed and denied having any involvement in the armed robbery, claiming that it was he himself who was robbed. Mr. Chambers provided statements that were later proven to be false and was arrested that same evening.
On August 18, 2016 Mr. Happe was located and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for an interview. Mr. Happe denied involvement with the armed robbery, instead blaming Mr. Ward for pointing a handgun at the victim. Later that day, sheriff’s deputies located Mr. Ward in his vehicle near the intersection of Riverside Drive and S. Kentucky Ave. Mr. Ward was transported to the Sheriff Office for an interview. Mr. Ward denied any involvement in the robbery and denied knowing Mr. Chambers, Mr. Happe or the victim.
Mr. Chambers, Mr. Happe and Mr. Ward are currently lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail awaiting their next court appearance.
Kenneth Lee Ward Jr. (pictured above), 28, of Evansville. Robbery as a Level 3 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony
Kelly Joe Happe (pictured above), 25, of Evansville. Robbery as a Level 3 Felony
Latavius Terrell Chambers (pictured above), 24, of Evansville. Robbery as a Level 3 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony