Suspect sought in DeKalb County manhunt, captured

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): The suspect wanted after a manhunt in DeKalb County has been arrested.

On May 29, the manhunt began after a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy performed a traffic stop near Grabill. The officer was talking with the male driver and male passenger inside the vehicle, when all of a sudden the driver sped off.

The Deputy was struck with the driver’s door, but was not seriously injured.

Multiple police agencies chased the vehicle, but the pursuit came to an end when the vehicle went off SR 1 near the Allen/DeKalb County line and into a field.  Both the driver and passenger took off running.

Officers deployed K9’s and a drone. They even conducted a helicopter search, but the suspects were not located and thus the manhunt was called off.

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However, during the course of the investigation it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was Justin A. Heintzelman of Grabill, IN. The trailer that Heintzelman was towing was also found to have been stolen from Defiance, Ohio.

Justin A. Heintzelman of Grabill / Photo Supplied: The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department

A warrant was issued for Heintzelman’s arrest on June 5 and he was arrested later that day.

Heintzelman is being held without bond in the DeKalb County Jail for the following charges:

Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle – Level 6 Felony

Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer – Level 6 Felony

Theft – Level 6 Felony

Reckless Driving – C Misdemeanor




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