This morning, the Kokomo Police Department, SWAT, and negotiators responded to an incident on North Washington Street.
Shortly before 9 a.m. KPD officers visited 2620 N. Washington St. Lot No. 22 after receiving information that a stolen vehicle was at that location. The vehicle had been reported stolen to Indiana State Police (ISP) on Sept. 12. The vehicle was alleged to have been taken from a victim at gunpoint during an incident that occurred in Miami County.
As Patrol Officers Derek Beroshok and Troy Hintz arrived, the stolen vehicle was found to be parked in front of the lot. Two white males, later learned to be Elijah R. Paul, 19, of Kokomo and Westley M. Henry, 3,2 of Kokomo, ran into the trailer. Henry ran out the back door of the trailer and was apprehended in the 2700 block of North Washington Street by Hintz after a foot pursuit.
Due to witness information that multiple subjects were possibly armed and had active warrants, KPD SWAT and negotiators responded to the scene.
At approximately 10:58 a.m., the situation was concluded with all individuals inside the residence coming out voluntarily.
The following individuals were arrested for the following charges:
• Westley M. Henry, 32, of Kokomo for resisting law enforcement and possession of stolen property (level 6 felony)
• Cierra N. Wiley, 27, no address, for auto theft (level 6 felony), dealing a narcotic (level 5 felony), and a Johnson County warrant
• Elijah R. Paul, 19, of Kokomo for possession of stolen property (level 6 felony), resisting law enforcement, and warrants
• Robert P. Hernly, 29, of Kokomo for possession of stolen property (level 6 felony), possession of marijuana (warrant), altering the scene of a death (level 6 felony), and a warrant
A search warrant of the residence was executed by the Indiana State Police, and the auto theft/robbery remains an ongoing investigation with additional charges anticipated.
No injuries were reported during this incident. Anyone with additional information pertaining to this case is asked to call Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum at 765-473-6666. Those with information may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS with an anonymous tip.