Starke County Sheriff’s K-9 Apprehends Fugitive

Eric Day
Eric Day

A Rochester man who was wanted on multiple Fulton County felony warrants is jailed in Starke County after a Friday night incident in Koontz Lake.

Deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office got a tip around 9 p.m. that 47-year-old Eric Day was at a residence on Tonti Lane in Koontz Lake. While officers were en route to serve the arrest warrants, they got another call advising Day had beaten a woman at the Koontz Lake gas station and fled from the area.

The officers responded to the gas station, and two patrons indicated the direction of Day’s flight. K-9 Zardoz was deployed and found Day hiding in a pile of broken tree branches about 200 yards away. Day initially refused to come out, according to the report, but Zardoz helped get him out of his hiding place. Day was treated at Starke Hospital and released to the Starke County Jail.

He faces local charges of battery and resisting law enforcement in addition to the A Felony charges contained in the Fulton County warrants.

The Indiana State Police, Starke County EMS and Koontz Lake Fire Department assisted in his apprehension.