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One Arrested, Police Continue Manhunt For Second Suspect
Updated December 11, 2014 3:34 PM | Filed under: Crime
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Richard L. Cobb

(MITCHELL) - A person of interest has been arrested after attempting to run over an Indiana State Trooper during a traffic stop this morning.

46-year-old Richard Cobb of Mitchell is in police custody.

The second suspect, described as a white male, unkempt and unshaven, late 30's early 40's is still on the loose.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the unidentified second person of interest is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police at the Bloomington District at (812) 332-4411. All tips will remain anonymous.

The lockdown at Mitchell Community Schools has been lifted. Students will be dismissed at the regular times.

Steve Phillips, superintendent of MCS, through a School Reach message, said the schedules at all buildings are returning to normal. He said buses will be running their regular routes.


Officers are now investigating in the area of Camelot Courts and Elm Park Apartments looking for two suspects who allegedly attempted to run down an Indiana State Trooper after a traffic stop for a seat belt violation.

Officers recovered the green Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck the men were in earlier this morning on Mill Creek Road near Lehigh Cement Company.

After initially refusing to stop, the driver led the trooper to the Lehigh Cement Plant near Mitchell. Once the pickup stopped, the driver waited for the trooper to walk up, when without warning, the driver attempted to run over the trooper.

The trooper was not hit and proceeded to give chase to the pickup. The pickup truck was located shortly thereafter, unoccupied near the Lehigh Plant, off of Meridian Road just north of Ind. 60. Police are combing the Mill Creek Road area and set up a perimeter that includes Mill Creek, Lawrenceport and Sams roads and part of Lehigh Cement Company property.

Several K-9 teams were brought in to search the area, and an ISP helicopter was summoned.

Officers also told radio dispatchers to request Mitchell Community Schools and Spring Mill State Park both go into a lockdown as a precautionary measure until the suspects were apprehended.

During a School Reach message issued by MCS Superintendent Steve Phillips at 10:08 a.m., he said no one is being allowed to enter or exit any of the MCS school buildings. He said the school system was advised by the Mitchell Police Department that there are possibly two men in the area who should be "considered armed and dangerous." Phillips said school officials will continue to monitor the situation.

Currently, the Indiana State Police along with local law enforcement are looking for two unidentified white males that had occupied the S-10. The only description available is two white males, unkempt and unshaven.

Updates to follow as more descriptors become available. The Indiana State Police at the Bloomington Post is asking for any information regarding this case. Please call (812) 332-4411. All tips will remain anonymous.

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