At approximately 10:41 Wednesday morning, the Gas City Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a tan Cadillac for driving with fictitious license plates. Instead of stopping, the driver sped off. The Gas City Police pursued the vehicle, which took them on a chase through Gas City, into south Marion, and then back into Gas City.
The vehicle in pursuit stopped at 613 Chestnut Drive in Gas City, where the suspect entered the home and refused to give himself up to police.
We later learned that the suspect, Robert E. Campbell (40), had outstanding warrants for his arrest, including a warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing in October of 2019, which had been set in order to address the following charges:
- Dealing in methamphetamine
- Unlawful possession of a firearm
- Maintaining a common nuisance
- Possession of a narcotic drug
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Resisting Law Enforcement
The Gas City Police Department, Marion Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police all responded to the home on Chestnut Drive, where they worked for several hours to negotiate with the suspect, who had barricaded himself inside the home.
These events caused all Mississinewa Schools to initiate their lockdown procedures, in an attempt to protect students and faculty from any unexpected developments.
At one point during the negotiations, Campbell told police, if they would allow him to contact and speak with his loved ones first, he would be willing to give himself up. Gas City Police Chief Tim Eckstein allowed this to happen, but following Campbell’s contact with his loved ones, he still refused to exit the home and turn himself over.
Approximately six hours after these events began, law enforcement officers decided to make their move.
It was around 4:52 in the afternoon that the Grant County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Response Team and the Marion Police Department Emergency Response Team both approached and entered the home, where they found and arrested a total of three subjects.
In addition to Campbell, police also arrested Afton H. Hurd (33) of Marion for visiting a common nuisance and Jessica L. Law (32), who lived with Campbell at the Chestnut Drive address in Gas City, for maintaining a common nuisance.
Robert E. Campbell was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement with a vehicle.
This all-day incident is still under investigation, but Gas City Police Chief Tim Eckstein said no subjects or police officers were injured and everything ended in “a good result.”