City and county law-enforcement authorities had a busy Monday afternoon, conducting an extensive search for an individual northwest of Decatur and during that time apprehending at gunpoint two people in a vehicle reported as stolen.
It all began around 2:15 p.m. when the sheriff's department got a tip that a wanted man, Michael A. Robinson, was staying at a residence on northwest Winchester Road. As Decatur police Det. Leonard Corral Jr., on duty with the sheriff's department, was attempting to serve a warrant the man, he fled into a corn field.
Sheriff's deputies and city officers set up a perimeter around the field and the Indiana State Police K-9 was called. After approximately an hour, the search was called off without an apprehension.
Around 7:30 p.m., a Crime Stoppers tip came in, saying Robinson was back at the residence. City officers and a state police trooper surrounded the home and found Robinson and his girl friend, Misty Myers, hiding in an upstairs room, according to police.
There were two active warrants for Robinson's arrest, one in Adams County on a probation violation and one in Allen County on a theft charge. Myers also was wanted in Allen County on a theft charge.
While the search was continuing, quick action by the Decatur Police Department resulted in the arrest of two Ohio people after one of them allegedly tried to pass a check for several thousand dollars at the Wells Fargo bank on N. 13th St.
Decatur police reported that at 3:33 p.m. they were notified by Wells Fargo officials that Cassie M. Cundiff, 28, Worthington, Ohio, entered the building and presented a check to be cashed. While an employee pursued the transaction, Cundiff asked to use a restroom at the bank. She was told the bank did not have a public restroom and she then left without any money.
Bank officials gave Decatur police a description of the car that Cundiff, and the driver of the vehicle, Gregory S. Wood, II, 31, Canal Winchester, Ohio, left the scene in and police quickly responded to the area. Within two minutes, officer Kevin Gerber discovered the vehicle at 13th and Washington at the Johnson's Junction convenience store and additional officers soon arrived to assist in the arrest.
The initial call to police came in as an attempted fraud at Wells Fargo. When police ran the license number on the car, it came back as having been reported stolen. Decatur Police Chief Ken Ketzler said this morning that the individuals had actually rented the car but had not returned it and thus the rental company reported it as stolen.
Both Cundiff and Wood were taken by authorities to the county jail, where bond was set at $200 cash and $7,500 surety for each. Cundiff is charged with possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of a stolen vehicle. She remained in custody this morning.
Woods, who posted bond for his release from custody, was cited for the same three charges plus not having a valid driver's license.
Ketzler said the case is still under investigation by police and that additional charges against the two Ohio residents may be forthcoming.