Sheriff: Borrowed bike helped catch felon

May 1, 2018

A Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s deputy captured a fleeing felon, with the help of a borrowed bicycle. 

In a news release, the sheriff office said Deputy Ryan Barrett was trying to capture 29-year-old Jonathan Adams -- who was spotted at the Vanderburgh County Courts Building last week.

Adams was wanted on a probation warrant.

The sheriff’s office said he ignored commands to stop and deputies began chasing him on foot.

During the pursuit, a citizen at Locust and Martin Luther King offered Deputy Barrett his bicycle.

Barrett -- who was in “Class A” uniform which includes a tie -- took the citizen up on the offer and began peddling after the suspect.

Barrett and a responding Evansville Police officer converged on Adams at the corner of Cherry Street and 10th Street, and took him into custody.

He faces a charge of Resisting Law Enforcement.

Sheriff Dave Wedding said local officers are,  “Fortunate to enjoy a high level of community trust."

He praised the community's faith in its law enforcement members.

Deputy Ryan Barrett and the borrowed bike
Credit VCSO