SUBJECT: Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-081
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
An off-duty Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office deputy is being credited with the arrest of an armed robbery suspect who was being sought by the Evansville Police Department.
Deputy Chris Roe was working an off-duty detail around 6:00pm on Wednesday when he observed a tan 1997 Toyota Camry driving east on Maxwell Avenue. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle belonging to an armed robbery suspect that the Evansville Police Department (EPD) was attempting to locate. Deputy Roe began to follow the vehicle as he waited for back-up, but the driver stopped in front of him forcing him to perform a traffic stop.
Deputy Roe identified a passenger as armed robbery suspect Christopher T. Britton. With the assistance of an EPD officer, Deputy Roe took Britton into custody. Britton was armed with a fully loaded handgun, which he was wearing in a holster on his hip.
EPD took custody of Britton, who now faces armed robbery charges related to a hold-up that occurred at 2700 Lodge Avenue earlier Wednesday afternoon. During the robbery, Mr. Britton pointed a handgun at a victim and demanded his money.
Britton is currently lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail and being held on $5000.00 bond.
Christopher Thaddeus Britton, 24, of Evansville. Armed Robbery as a Level 3 Felony, Carrying a Handgun without a Permit as a Class A Misdemeanor (Evansville Police Department)