A Clifford man wanted for armed robbery was arrested Sunday morning by the Beech Grove Police Department, a few hours after the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department arrested a Nineveh man driving a truck similar to the robbery suspect's vehicle.
David M. Keen, 29, 4963 Sugar St., Clifford, has been placed on 72-hour hold by the Beech Grove Police Department on two charges of armed robbery, auto theft and fleeing police.
The BCSO arrested David Denson, 41, Nineveh, on preliminary charges of dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine
The BCSO received a call at about 2 a.m. Sunday to be on the lookout for Keen who was driving an older-model red Chevy pickup truck. The Beech Grove Police Department believed Keen was headed toward his residence in Clifford.
An older-model red Chevy pickup truck was passing by Deputy Jason Williams about the time Keen was being sought. Williams attempted to stop the truck, but it fled behind a home on the 4000 block of East County Road 400N. Homeowners heard the disturbance, and two of the four reportedly came out of their home with guns.
Williams ordered the residents to the ground, and they complied.
"They did the correct thing once the officer engaged them," said Maj. Todd Noblitt, spokesman for the sheriff's department.
Deputies found the red pickup truck behind the house, near a wooded area. Inside, they found the makings of a methamphetamine lab — but no robbery suspect.
"The people in the vehicle actually had somewhat of a meth lab," Noblitt said. "That's the reason they were attempting to evade the deputy."
Denson was in the truck and was arrested and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail at about 4 a.m. Sunday.
"These people were definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time," Noblitt said. "It was not the suspects in the armed robbery, but they did have a meth lab."
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