Jennings County authorities get assist from National Guard helicopter in arrests

Michael A. Thomas; Photo courtesy of Jennings County Sheriff’s Dept.

The search for a man wanted in Jackson County ended with his arrest and the arrest of another man in Jennings County.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug.6, deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team-Counter Drug Unit continued their investigation into locating the whereabouts of Michael A. Thomas, who was wanted on a warrant for Battery. Police say that Thomas has a lengthy violent criminal history, including pistol whipping a female acquaintance then holding her against her will.

Deputies had received recent information that Thomas knew he was wanted and would attempt to evade law enforcement, while making comments that he would not go back to prison. With the assistance of the Indiana National Guard/Counter Drug Unit Helicopter, Thomas’ location was determined to be at 9340 N CR 200 E, a location which itself has an illegal drug history along with the homeowner, Russell Cathey.

Deputies arrived at the address and made contact with Cathey, as well as several other people. While on scene, surveillance units advised that a vehicle that was at the residence earlier was now back in the area, but quickly tried to leave the area upon seeing the police presence. Authorities were able to stop this vehicle and Michael Thomas was taken into custody without incident.

Russell Cathey; Photo courtesy of Jennings County Sheriff’s Dept.

The investigation revealed that as deputies arrived at the residence, Thomas fled into the woods and had been picked up by the vehicle. That was the which was stopped by police. Thomas was arrested on the outstanding warrant.

As the investigation continued on scene, Cathey was found to be in possession of a baggie of methamphetamine. He was charged with a Possession of Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, both Level 6 felonies.

The other subjects on scene were released. The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says the investigation is ongoing and more arrest are expected.