Five men were arrested on Monday after leading police on a chase.
Around 6:45 p.m., Kokomo Police Department officers were dispatched to the Dunbar Housing Complex in the 800 block of North Jay Street in reference to a shooting investigation. According to a release, several witnesses called 911 and reported multiple shots had been fired, and a red Ford extended cab pickup truck was fleeing the area.
As officers responded to the scene, Officer Brian Sheetz observed a red Ford truck in the area of North and Webster streets. Sheetz initiated a traffic stop, at which time the vehicle refused to stop. A vehicle pursuit ensued.
The truck continued at a high rate of speed throughout the city while officers were able to confirm that there were several individuals in the cab of the truck as well as the bed of the truck. The truck finally came to a stop in the 800 block of South Locke Street, and five of the six occupants fled on foot. Officers gave chase and were able to detain all five individuals. Officer Noah Moody and canine Gust located two of the individuals hiding in separate sheds in the area.
Investigators were called in to continue the investigation and process several crime scenes. Four handguns were recovered, as well as a "large amount" of marijuana. The following individuals were arrested and transported to the Howard County Jail without incident:
- Timothy W. Gonzalez-Umstead, 37,Chicago, Ill., Resisting Law Enforcement as a class A-misdemeanor, and Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony
- Antonio Deon Gholar, 23, Chicago, Ill., Resisting Law Enforcement as a class A-misdemeanor
- Xavier Sedale Malone, 22, Kokomo, Possession of a Handgun by a Felon as a Level 5 Felony, and Resisting Law Enforcement as a class A-misdemeanor
- Kentrell Lavael Reese, 36, Chicago, Ill., Resisting Law Enforcement as a class B-misdemeanor, and Possession of Marijuana as a class A-misdemeanor
- Tarik Leshane Dordoni, 33, Kokomo, Resisting Law Enforcement as a class A-misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana with a Prior Conviction as a Level 6 Felony, Dealing Marijuana as a Level 5 Felony, and Serious Violent Felon in Possession of a handgun as a Level 4 Felony.
This investigation is ongoing, and more charges will be forthcoming, according to a release from KPD.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Eric Fogg at 765-456-7369 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017. Those with information may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS with an anonymous tip.