Police Arrest Knox Man after Brief Foot Pursuit

Michael Smith

A Knox man was arrested, Thursday, after Plymouth and Starke County police officers searched for him as a suspect in an auto theft incident.

Officers went to 1175 E. 850 S. in Starke County where a stolen car was reported as abandoned in a field at that intersection. Police located the vehicle and found that it had been stolen from Goshen. Officers went to a nearby residence to attempt to locate the suspect and when they first approached the residence, officers spoke to the homeowner, who identified himself as Terry Jordan, who denied the suspect was there. Officers left the residence and were able to obtain a BMV photo of the male at the residence and found that it was not Terry Jordan, but another male whose name is not being released at this time due to an ongoing investigation. The male who was there has an outstanding warrant out of Marshall County.

When the officers returned to the residence, they heard someone go to into the attic of the residence. An officer was able to get into the attic and found Michael Smith of Knox. After Smith was led out of the attic, he fled out the door of the residence. A foot pursuit was initiated which led police through woods nearby and into a creek. Smith was eventually apprehended by officers.

Smith is currently being held at the Starke County Jail on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Battery on a Police Officer and Possession of Stolen Property. He also faces charges in Plymouth for Theft, and in Goshen for Theft from a Wal-Mart and Vehicle Theft.

The other male from the residence who had an arrest warrant left prior to officers returning to the residence and remains at large.