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Robbery Convict Back in Custody


A felon on parole for robbery is back in custody after allegedly dropping a handgun during a traffic stop and fleeing from a sheriff's deputy. 

In a release, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy stopped a vehicle near St. Joe Avenue and Maryland Street  Tuesday evening.

During the course of the stop, the sheriff’s office said an occupant ran from the vehicle, tossing a handgun to the ground as he fled.

Deputies chased the suspect on foot, but were unable to apprehend him.

Additional deputies and Evansville Police officers set up a perimeter in an effort to contain the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Shane James of Evansville. 

James was taken into custody Thursday night.

He had served 1.5 years in prison on a robbery charge before being paroled in late December.

As a convicted felon, he’s prohibited by law from carrying a handgun.

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