Manhunt ends near Markleville

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Markleville - A manhunt lasting several hours ended around 3 p.m. on Wednesday when police apprehended the male suspect at the Marathon gas station located at the corner of Ind. 109 and Ind. 36.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson confirmed that police had spent hours searching for the man after suspicious activity was reported earlier that morning.

“We received a call regarding suspicious activity near Menards and Meijer around 10(a.m.) this morning,” Richardson said.

The suspect’s car was reported again, Richardson said, after damage to a resident’s car and mailbox.

“The suspect was followed south of 300 East,” Richardson said. “He then bailed from his vehicle into a cornfield.”

While his name was not released, Richardson said the man was believed to be involved in several other central Indiana crimes.

“We believe there to be an outstanding warrant for him out of Hamilton County regarding theft,” Richardson said. “We also believe him to be involved in a similar case out of Alexandria.”

The manhunt took place about a mile from East Elementary. Police said area schools were notified of the activity.

The man was apprehended just as area schools were releasing children for the day.

Richardson said no weapons were found on the man and that no injuries had been reported regarding his suspicious activities or during the manhunt.

“The persistence of not just police officers, but of citizens, led to this arrest,” Richardson said. “A big thank you is deserved for all those involved.”

In addition to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, representatives from the Markleville Police, Indiana State Police and Department of Natural Resources, as well as off duty officers and several K-9 units, were on hand throughout the day setting up and searching the perimeter near Ind. 36.

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