DATE: Friday, January 4, 2019
SUBJECT: Taser Used to Prevent “Rambo” Knife Attack After Pursuit
CONTACT: Lt. Mark Rasure
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Evansville man after he led deputies on a brief pursuit in the McCutchanville area yesterday evening. Shortly before 9 PM on January 3rd, 2019 an Evansville police officer attempted to stop a tan Ford 500 after it was observed driving through a northern Vanderburgh County subdivision with no registration plate affixed to the rear as required by Indiana law. The officer was familiar with the neighborhood being a recent venue for burglaries and thefts, and suspected that this vehicle could be involved. While the officer watched from his unmarked police car, the vehicle in question ended up fleeing the area at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle fled, the officer followed and called for assistance from the Sheriff’s Office in order to get the vehicle stopped.

Two Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputies caught up with the vehicle in the area of Browning Road and Baumgart Road and observed the Ford 500 failing to stop for the other officer who had his emergency lights activated. The deputies pursued before the driver of the Ford 500 finally pulled to the side of the roadway. The driver, Chavon Farmer, fought with the deputies as he was being arrested, and during the scuffle attempted to retrieve a survival knife with a 12” blade from his waistband. Farmer’s attempt to get the knife was prevented by the use of a Conductive Electronic Weapon (known by its commercial name of Taser) by one of the deputies.

It is unknown what Farmer was doing in the neighborhood, but during the subsequent search of his vehicle deputies located suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a registration plate that had been removed from the rear of the vehicle.

Arrested: Chavon Farmer, 37 of Evansville, IN is currently being held without bond in the Vanderburgh County Jail for charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The above image is the actual knife confiscated during this incident. This survival-style knife is commonly referred to the one used by Sylvester Stallone’s fictional character, John Rambo, in the 1982 action thriller Rambo: First Blood.

Presumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.