SUBJECT: Suspects in Custody after Shots Fired during Old Henderson Road Burglary
RELEASE NUMBER: 2017-NR-079
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Evansville Police Department have arrested two suspects in connection with a home break-in that resulted in shots being fired and a subsequent vehicle pursuit.
On Monday, December 04, 2017 at 8:38 AM the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 15000 block of Old Henderson Road in reference to a residential burglary that had just occurred.
As deputies traveled to the address, the victim reported to 911 that two suspects wearing masks had entered the screened-in porch to their residence. The victims retrieved their firearms and confronted the suspects. The suspects reportedly ran to their vehicle and fled the property. The victims discharged their weapons at the suspect vehicle as it fled down the driveway.
A vehicle pursuit began after the suspect vehicle was observed a short time later on Old Henderson Road by responding sheriff’s deputies. The pursuit continued onto Tekoppel Avenue from Old Henderson Road. The Sheriff’s Office discontinued the pursuit when the suspect vehicle began to approach Tekoppel School.
A description of the suspect vehicle and occupants was given out as a Be On the Lookout (BOL) to all Sheriff’s Office and Evansville Police Department units. Evansville Police later found the suspect vehicle parked at Cedar Trace Apartments and noticed a bullet hole in the passenger side front bumper.
Police officers located the suspects nearby and took them into custody. Sheriff’s deputies recovered two firearms from the suspects, one of which had been reported stolen. A search warrant has been applied for to search the suspects’ burgundy 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan.
The investigation is ongoing and the suspects may face additional charges.
Prince Charles Jones (pictured above), 21, of Evansville. Burglary as a Level 4 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, Possession of a Stolen Firearm as a Level 6 Felony, False Informing as a Class A Misdemeanor, Criminal Mischief as a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana as Class B Misdemeanor, Failure to Appear Warrant
Diana Elizabeth Ellmers (pictured above), 25, of Newburgh. Burglary as a Level 4 Felony, Possession of a Stolen Firearm as a Level 6 Felony, Theft as a Level 6 Felony
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